One thing about running a ratfucking operation that has the potential to help corporate interests by helping Republicans — there’s a lot of money to be made if you’re both greedy and amoral, and who else would be associated with No Labels?
The centrist group No Labels raised a staggering $21.2 million last year, compared to $11.3 million the previous one, and aims to be an active influence on the 2024 race — but tax filings show much of it is going to massive salaries for its leadership team.
No Labels CEO Nancy Jacobson didn’t receive a salary in 2021, according to the 990 tax form from that year, but the group’s latest federal tax form shows she made $300,000 last year, while disgraced political journalist turned No Labels chief strategist Mark Halperin got a nearly $100,000 raise to bring his salary to $336,879 in 2022, reported The Daily Beast.
I have heard a lot about “cancel culture.” The fact that Mark Halperin, a serial sexual harasser and sub-replacement-level analyst, is making north of 300 large in a no-work job for a cynical ratfucking racket suggests that we could use more of it.
“This 990 shows a striking jump in revenue for No Labels last year, and with it, substantial raises for No Labels officials,” said Brendan Fischer, deputy director of the watchdog group Documented.
Co-executive directors Margaret White and Elizabeth Morrison took home $315,440 and $203,975, respectively, last year, while vice president of development Megan Shannon made $160,833 and deputy director McKinley Scholtz made $134,723.
All told, No Labels’ top six officials pulled in $1.5 million in salary — averaging just over $240,000 per person — amounting to about half what the group spent on efforts for its candidate to qualify for the ballot next year,” The Daily Beast reported.
The filing does not include payments to strategist Ryan Clancy, whose firm was paid $300,000 by No Labels in 2021, but a spokesperson for the group said IRS filings were later amended to include payments to him, and blamed a clerical error for the oversight.
To be Scrupulously Fair, greasy No Labels executives and consultants using their organization’s money to wet their own beaks is certainly more socially beneficially than anything else they would conceivably do with the money.