So who is the best manager?
HUCKABEE SPENT SEVEN TIMES LESS PER VOTE THAN ROMNEY
Huckabee $11.77 per vote, McCain $32.37 per vote, Romney $77.44 per vote
DEBT: Romney $35 million, McCain $4.5 million, Huckabee $97,600
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Based on quarterly filings with the FEC, Mike Huckabee has been the best financial manager of his campaign of the GOP candidates. Mitt Romney has not lived up to his reputation as a “great financial manager” â€” his campaign has the worst efficiency and debt problems.
Huckabee spent a thrifty $11.77 per vote so far. John McCain spent nearly three times per vote more than Huckabee, dishing out $32.37 per vote. Romney splurged, spending almost seven times as much as Huckabee per vote, a whopping $77.44 each.
“Can you buy the White House? Mitt Romney looks like he is giving it a try,” said Lucas Roebuck, Public Affairs Officer for HucksArmy.com. “If you want someone who can make your tax dollars stretch, you should vote for Huckabee.”
Romney’s campaign also has the biggest credit card. His campaign reported $35 million in debt, more than 360 times the amount of debt carried by Huckabee ($97,000). McCain has $4.5 million in debt.
McCain has $2.9 million cash on hand. Romney has $2.4 million. Huckabee has $1.9 million.
“If Romney were running this country like he’s running his campaign, our national debt and budget deficits would be astronomical,” said Roebuck. “Only Huckabee is running a surplus operation.”
It’s true that much of Romney’s debt comes from personal loans to his campaign. Even after the election is over, Romney’s campaign is allowed to raise money to pay the candidate back.
“Romney claims to not be beholden to Washington special interests,” Roebuck said. “But if he wins, the special interest money — which loves to pay off the winner — will make sure that Romney in the end doesn’t have to spend a dime of his own money. How is this not the most blatant form of buying influence?”
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*Sources: AP, CNN. Caucus delegates and votes were counted from Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan, Florida, Nevada and South Carolina.