Carl Paladino’s campaign stiffed about a dozen consultants, vendors and staff members for some $130,000 in salaries, fees and expenses, according to numerous veterans of his failed gubernatorial bid.
They are pressing for payment from a campaign committee, Paladino for the People, that is deep in debt. Public records show the committee has a balance of only $5,305 and debts of $6.1 million, most of them loans from the candidate.
“I would have expected a nice thank-you from Carl for all the hard work I had contributed, but instead I got screwed,” said Tim Suereth, who first served as manager of internal operations and later as an unpaid volunteer…
“There are a lot of people who didn’t get paid, and for many of the people who got paid, it took a while, and some did not get full payment,” he said. “It’s outrageous.”
William Rey said he is one of them.
The Paladino campaign paid him only $9,205 of the $14,031 he billed in late October for video production, Rey said. The check, he said, noted a “credit” to explain the difference.
“I don’t know if it’s a credit; it’s more like thievery if you ask me,” Rey said.
What more would you expect? When democracy speaks and you lose, beancounters and reactionaries think it’s perfectly OK to pick up their marbles – and maybe some of yours – and go home.