ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATE SLASHES CAMPAIGN SPENDING
The Empire (a.k.a. the “Republican” establishment) may be striking back in Washington, D.C. – but it’s striking out on the campaign trail.
The latest evidence? The ongoing demise of one-time GOP frontrunner Jeb Bush‘s campaign.
Bush is reportedly cutting pay for his campaign staff as his foundering presidential bid approaches the 100-day mark leading up to the first ballots being cast in Iowa.
“The campaign is removing some senior staff from the payroll, parting ways with some consultants, and downsizing its Miami headquarters to save more than $1 million per month and cut payroll by 40 percent this week,” according to Bloomberg. “The campaign is also cutting back 45 percent of its budget, except for dollars earmarked for TV advertising and spending for voter contacts, such as phone calls and mailers.”
According to the latest aggregate polling data from Real Clear Politics, Bush is currently running in fifth-place among “Republican” candidates with 7.2 percent of the vote. Among early states, he’s in fifth-place in Iowa (5.7 percent), third place in New Hampshire (9.3 percent) and sixth place in South Carolina (5.7 percent).