Was Ben Carson’s Campaign A Scam? Ben Carson Thinks So [Interview]

The Atlantic just released a fascinating article including a clip of a CNN interview.

For months, reporters and political operatives…have been pointing out that Ben Carson’s campaign bears many of the hallmarks of a political scam operation. Now Carson seems to agree. On CNN on Tuesday, Carson discussed his year-end staff shake-up:

“We had people who didn’t really seem to understand finances,” a laughing Carson told CNN’s Poppy Harlow on “CNN Newsroom,” adding, “or maybe they did—maybe they were doing it on purpose.”

It’s a remarkable statement—especially because he’s so blithe about it.

Carson has taken in incredible amounts of money during the race. His campaign has raised more than any other Republican presidential  rival, though they’ve raised more when super PACs are included. But he’s also spent more than any of them, so that despite his prolific fundraising, he has barely $4 million in cash on hand.

Consultants and members of his team directed much of the massive spending to their friends’ and families’ companies for direct mail fundraising, telephone fundraising, and similar ventures.

The result? Lots of name ID for Carson. Lots of positive feelings. Lots of money in the pockets of his consultants. Very few votes…

It’s a shame that such a good man got taken for such a big ride.

Credit: The Atlantic

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