David Hogg’s Astroturf PAC Accused of Excessive Spending, Self-Dealing

David Hogg

Federal filings reportedly show that year-end 2023, [David Hogg’s political action committee] Leaders We Deserve raised over $3 million. That is impressive for its first year in operation.

The conservative sites allege that the group spent “only about $263,000 on its stated mission of electing candidates from Generation Z to office combined with donations to other Democrat Party committees and groups—and instead spent more than $1.4 million on disbursements to themselves for payroll and to political consulting firms and legal fees, in addition to travel and entertainment expenses like hotels, flights, and meals.”

However, it reportedly spent more than $1,314,000 on travel and related expenses while giving $80,000 to the Elias Law Group.

Previously, when allegations of self-dealing and accounting improprieties were raised with regard to Black Lives Matter, the group’s attorney, [Mark] Elias, immediately stood out for many. Elias resigned from his “key role” with BLM as the scandal exploded.

Elias’s name has now again popped up in the controversy involving Hogg, who is accused of raising millions to support liberal candidates but allegedly spending only $263,000 on such candidates while paying $83,000 to the Elias law firm. (These figures are reportedly from federal filings but neither Elias nor Hogg have specifically addressed the media reports).

— Jonathan Turley in David Hogg Group Hit With Allegations Over Spending Practices and Policies

5 Responses

  1. He is nothing more than a ideological shyster much in the same vein as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton playing on fear and the self serving injustices that line their pockets with millions of $$$.

  2. Hogg has done nothing but try to personally profit in some way from that tragedy. It started with his making a video of the other students hiding in the closet with him to use in an intentionally created interview ‘opportunity’ soon after to get his name known, and from there he was picked up as a poster child for gun control groups and put on display being paid every step of the way. He has, and does, metaphorically ‘dance in the blood of the innocent’ for profit.

  3. He did try his hand at a traditional business of making and selling a product (pillows). You can’t blame him for taking the path of least resistance; political grift.

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