Senator Rick Scott Reportedly Running Into Financial Issues Amid Political Fight

( Florida Senator Rick Scott has found himself on the wrong side of his fellow Republicans’ graces multiple times recently, but he has taken more poor steps in that direction as of late.

Reports emerged recently that money that was supposed to go to GOP candidates for the U.S. Senate somehow disappeared. The Republican Party pulled various ads for some Republican candidates who are running in battleground states because they didn’t have enough funds to run the ads.

Now, some members of the GOP are looking for answers from the NRSC — the National Republican Senatorial Committee. And the chair of that committee is none other than Scott.

Disclosures filed with the Federal Elections Commission reveal that the NRSC raised $173 million, but spent much less than that. In all, they had not even $30 million in their coffers to spend on advertising campaigns.

The question, though, is how the GOP was able to burn through all that money in such a quick fashion. The Washington Post dove further into that topic when they reported:

“As of that month, the committee disclosed spending just $23 million on ads, with more than $21 million going into text messages and more than $12 million to American Express credit card payments, whose ultimate purpose isn’t clear from the filings. The committee also spent at least $13 million on consultants, $9 million on debt payments and more than $7.9 million renting mailing lists, campaign finance data show.”

Some of the odd spending included charters on private planes, memorabilia and meals at the Waffle House.

RawStory talked to Pat Dennis, who is part of the Democratic-leaning research organization called American Bridge. He commented on the situation by saying:

“I don’t have any big answers about the NRSC’s finances, but I can tell you they categorized thousands in expenses to Waffle House as ‘air charter.’ … Only other folks getting money for air charter are Rick Scott himself, and the insurance company AFLAC for some reason.

“They spent $6,000 on commemorative cups, $6,000 on commemorative figurines, $2,400 on engraving for said moments, but I’m truly impressed by the amount of spending on commemorative masks.”

As a result of all the mismanagement of these NRSC funds, some Republican candidates in key states have been left to fend for themselves, with no support from the national wing of the party that’s meant to help push their campaigns. Candidates for the Senate from key battleground states such as Wisconsin, Arizona and Pennsylvania are among those who are suffering the most.

RawStory further reported:

“In a highly unusual move, the National Republican Senatorial Committee this week canceled bookings worth about $10 million, including in the critical states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Arizona. A spokesman said the NRSC is not abandoning those races but prioritizing ad spots that are shared with campaigns and benefit from discounted rates. Still, the cancellations forfeit cheaper prices that came from booking early, and better budgeting could have covered both.”

Now, people within the GOP are turning directly toward Scott as the person to blame for the debacle.