Does Ben Carson Suspect His Campaign Was a Scam? Republican presidential rival, though they've raised more when super PACs are included. or their friends and relations, meaning those people are making a mint. The operatives of a pro-Ben Carson super PAC have paid business manager denied any relationship between Carson and the two men back in The FEC doesn't require super PACs or campaigns to disclose the. Two Super PACs backing former neurosurgeon Ben Carson for the we can combine services, such as public relations and attorney fees.
We thought, gee, well, let's start a PAC and support senators, and candidates in '14 and ' That sounded boring since everyone else in the world was doing it. And someone almost jokingly said, "Why don't we draft him to run for president?
Because of his background, Dr. He's a multi-millionaire now, but when he was a kid, he was far from it. He was a nasty thug in school. Thanks to a mother who probably deserves something close to sainthood, he started reading books instead of watching television.
He read himself right into Yale and the head of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. Political phenomenon His mother worked three jobs. She married when she was 13, and had two boys.
Of course, the father took off. So she was on her own. She worked very, very hard in Detroit in the ghettos to provide for her boys. She was cleaning the house of a rather wealthy individual one day and noticed that the television was covered with books. She went home and she said, "Boys, new rule in the house. No more than one hour of television in the house, and we're going to read. It was thanks to that that really pulled Dr.
Carson out of the gutter and to the very top.
That's a story that lots of people can relate to. Carson knows how to get people out of the rut, out of the ghetto. Because he's lived it.
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Not that every kid in the ghetto will become head of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, but Carson has a plan to do that and it's not simply throwing more money into these neighborhoods. Have you met him? I've met him once. We have decided to take the road of being very, very cautious.
We don't want the [Federal Election Commission] knocking on our door. What happened during your encounter with him? It was about a year ago. I asked him, "Do you like what we're doing? Did we thoroughly vet the guy? But we went back through his record as much is public and checked into his family life as much as we could, and we didn't see anything we didn't like.
But to tell you we thoroughly vetted the guy, that wouldn't be accurate. What was the key part of him that made you decide to devote so much effort into him?
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His belief in the United States Constitution, his common sense approach to resolving things, the fact that this man developed the process of separating conjoined twins at the head so both halves lived. Once he developed the process, he realized that he didn't know it all. That he needed experts to help him with some of this stuff.
So he brought in experts from around the world to help him with that surgery. So that tells us that he's not an egomaniac, that he's willing to reach out to professionals to help him in areas where he needs help. I think that's critically important if you're going to run a business, do a complicated surgery or run the United States of America. We like the fact that he is a Christian man—he has a strong belief in God.
And quite frankly, we liked the fact that he stood up at the National Prayer Breakfast, two feet from the president, and said, sir, you're wrong.
How do you plan to convince him to get into the race? We think we've gone just about as far as we can go in convincing Dr. We've spent close to that. Carson a letter once a week and with that letter is anywhere between four and six thousand petitions encouraging him to run. We know he gets them. We know he reads them. How have you spent the money you've raised?
Direct mail is very expensive, so a lot of money went to direct mail. Fundraising is expensive, period. We ran ads in black communities in North Carolina and Louisiana in the Senate races. Spent about half a million on that total.
You've spent almost as much as you've raised. What do you say to critics who say this is just a lucrative project for contractors and consultants? I mean, the Post Office is doing really well, the printer is doing really well Our fundraising firm, Eberle, cut their prices pretty substantially for this cause.
They've been good friends of mine for a lot of years. I've used them on a lot of campaigns. They earn every single dollar that they've charged us and I begrudge them not a penny. Anyone who wants to say this is simply an effort to raise money to support a fundraising firm is just dead wrong. We are very committed, and I think our success over the last months has been proven. Many of the outside groups are run by old allies who intimately know their candidate's thinking.
Staff frequently move back and forth.
Terry Giles, a Houston lawyer, served as Carson's original campaign chairman. He resigned in June, soon after Carson formally entered the race, so he could begin advising the super PACs — after a day cooling-off period required by the FEC.
He said his plan to move back and forth complies with election laws. Carly for America political director Tom Szold over the summer took a similar role in Fiorina's campaign. The super PAC representatives say it isn't hard to avoid crossing the line on coordination. For instance, staff members at Carly for America say they track Fiorina's movements by checking the candidate's schedule, posted online. Sharing the list of supporters is no problem because the super PAC charged the Carson campaign a fair rate, he said.
Carson shows up at an event, we could have 3, or 30, but we don't dare invite him. In March, two groups that want stricter limits on political spending filed a complaint against Bush, saying he kept raising money for Right to Rise long after he had decided to run. But even Noble says it's unlikely the FEC will take up the complaint before the election.