Fringe 2020 Democrat candidate Amy Klobuchar has been caught red handed trying to essentially “paint the tape” of her campaign finances by delaying paying her staff and vendors.
Klobuchar has not been able to exceed 1% in the last several Dem primary polls, so she may not need to play this game much longer unless she experiences a surge of interest.
However, all the media attention appears to be pushed towards the “top tier” female candidates, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.
For months, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) presidential campaign made regular payments to its staff and vendors, with varying daily expenditures that never exceeded $335,000. But on April 1, 2019, the campaign’s spending exploded.
Whereas Klobuchar’s campaign spent an average of about $55,000 per day through the end of June, according to FEC filings, it dropped a whopping $624,000 on the first day of April, including a $300,000 payment to the campaign’s digital vendor.
That massive uptick in expenses was likely due to the fact that April 1 marked the beginning of the new fundraising quarter. By putting off the payments until then, Klobuchar was able to put the best possible spin on her presidential campaign’s financial position during the previous three months. If those expenses had come a day earlier, Klobuchar’s cash on hand figure would have been roughly $6.35 million. Instead, the campaign was able to claim roughly $7 million in reserves—a sum that placed her among the better-positioned Democrats in the presidential race.