Report: Brad Parscale Spent Trump’s Campaign Money “Like a Drunken Sailor”
Brad Parscale spent the early part of this year bragging about how much money the campaign had in hand. He called the operation The Death Star, ironically missing that fact that the seemingly unstoppable Death Star was blown up in the movie Star Wars. Parscale’s Death Star blew up as well and he was demoted by Trump in July.
According to a new report from the New York Times, Parscale did a lot of damage when he ran the Trump campaign. His mismanagement of funds led one longtime Republican strategist to claim that he spent like a “drunken sailor.”
According to the Times report:
“Under Mr. Parscale, more than $350 million — almost half of the $800 million spent — went to fund-raising operations, as no expense was spared in finding new donors online. The campaign assembled a big and well-paid staff and housed the team at a cavernous, well-appointed office in the Virginia suburbs; outsize legal bills were treated as campaign costs; and more than $100 million was spent on a television advertising blitz before the party convention, the point when most of the electorate historically begins to pay close attention to the race.”
GOP Strategist Ed Rollins, who made the “drunken sailor” remark, also said, “If you spend $800 million and you’re 10 points behind, I think you’ve got to answer the question ‘What was the game plan?”
Parscale defended himself from the critiques, saying, “I ran the campaign the same way I did in 2016, which also included all of the marketing, strategy and expenses under the very close eye of the family. No decision was made without their approval.”