Poor Dick Morris. No One Donates to His PAC

Poor Dick Morris. No One Donates to His PAC January 14, 2015

After reading this article, I’m almost — but not quite — feeling a little sorry for Dick Morris. The poor schlub was fired by Fox News for being wrong about virtually everything (wait, isn’t that a virtue at Fox News?) and now he can’t seem to get anyone to donate money to his anti-Hillary PAC.

Sixteen months ago, to some fanfare, Dick Morris re-entered the anti-Clinton fray with a new PAC. He launched Dick Morris’s Just Say No to Hillary PAC, registering it from Tampa. From time to time, stories about the potential hurdles for a Hillary Clinton run would cite the rise of PACs like Morris’s.

But there is a rather glaring problem with adding Morris to this narrative: No one has beengiving money to his PAC. Literally, no one. In filings today, first flagged by Center for Public Integrity reporter Dave Levinthal, Just Say No to Hillary PAC reported no donors through all of 2014. That squares with data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics.

If that finding is surprising, it’s because other people have done perfectly good business in the sturdy ant i-Clinton industry. Dan Backer, a conservative attorney and strategist who won at the Supreme Court last year to undo some restrictions on individual donors to parties, launched the Stop Hillary PAC after Morris’s PAC was already in the field. The Backer grouphas hauled in more than $1 million, and built a sizable social media presence. When I pointed out Morris’s problems to Backer, the newer player sounded bemused.

“Is he the cat from the Friskies commercials?” Backer asked in an e-mail. “I thought he died…”

Ouch. Couldn’t have been said about a more loathsome person.

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