In the wake of Donald Trump’s deplorable tape where he bragged about sexually assaulting women, the Republican Party has been trying hard to prop up Governor Mike Pence. In their eyes he is the best chance they have at winning the election and saving their party…well, until now. According to a bombshell report by the Washington Post, Pence is just as slimy as Trump.
Twenty-six years ago, in 1990, Mike Pence, a shiny new lawyer, decided that he wanted to run for Congress against an incumbent Democrat in a Republican-leaning Indiana district. His campaign was going well until he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar:
Campaign finance records from the 1990 effort showed that Pence, then 31, had been using political donations to pay the mortgage on his house, his personal credit card bill, groceries, golf tournament fees and car payments for his wife.
The spending had not been illegal at the time. But it stunned voters — and undermined Pence’s strategy to portray the incumbent, Rep. Philip R. Sharp, as tainted by donations from special-interest political action committees.
According to the FEC, Pence used $12,867 of donor money on his bills. When the spending came to light, Pence, just like Trump, was completely unapologetic. He told reporters,”I’m not embarrassed that I need to make a living,” admitting that he only ran to pay his personal bills. His campaign manager’s explanation was just as bad, saying,”He doesn’t come from a wealthy family. He’s not gentry.”
The revelations destroyed his campaign and in the months after, Pence went on an “apology tour” in an attempt to recreate his image. What’s worse, Pence’s actions were so shocking and distasteful that they led to changes in campaign finance laws. Experts told the Washington Post that the Federal Election Commission’s decision to make it illegal to use campaign funds for personal bills were a “direct result” of Mike Pence’s decision to spend campaign money on himself and his wife.
“These were important cases,” recalled Lawrence Noble, who served as general counsel to the FEC at the time. “They showed that a real problem existed and caused the commission to deal directly” with regulating the use of campaign funds for personal use.
When the Trump Campaign was asked about Pence’s actions, spokesman Jason Miller said the FEC determined that he was “100 percent compliant with the law at that time,” as if that is an excuse. When you look at the full picture it is completely unsurprising that Trump’s running mate has a record like this, especially since The Donald often uses his campaign money to line his pockets as well. The Republicans are like two slimy peas in a pod who steal (yes, I consider this stealing. Donors do not send their money to candidates for them to get richer.) from the people who trust them.
It’s just one more example of how deplorable Mike Pence and Trump are.