Has Paul Nehlen’s Money Spigot Dried Up?

Being an Alt-Right superstar isn’t paying what it used to.

After being a cause celebre for much of the 2016 election cycle by challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) to a primary by websites such as Breitbart.com, Paul Nehlen looks to be struggling raise money. In the most recently available financial reports from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), Nehlen reported raising only a fraction of what he has in the past.

According to Nehlen’s 2017 October Quarterly report from the FEC, the campaign raised just over $87,500. It’s a number which continues a trend for Nehlen (He raised just $36,000 in the prior three months.). Showcasing he has been under-performing financially for his intended rematch against Ryan in 2018.

While these amounts are nothing to sneeze at, they are pittance when compared to what his campaign was raising in 2016 when he raised over $1.4 million throughout his entire campaign.

Broken down by finance reports, Nehlen cash flow dropped has dramatically since 2016.

  • 2016 July Report Report (April 1-June 30, 2016): $492,345.
  • 2016 Pre-Primary Report (July 1-July 20, 2016): $278,773.
  • 2016 October Report (July 21-September 30, 2016): $619,727.
  • 2016 Post-General Report (October 1-November 28, 2016): $10,220.
  • 2016 Year-End Report (November 29, 2016-December 31, 2016): $0
  • 2017 July Report (April 1-June 30, 2017): $36,253.
  • 2017 October Report (July 1-September 30, 2017): $87,564.

 

Put into context, losing by 68 points to Ryan has effectively neutered Nehlen as a political entity. As the FEC reports show, his incoming money has become a shadow of its former self. While all that could change in the blink of an eye given the national assistance Nehlen previously had, the drop off is substantial.

One which likely isn’t going to change as he’s proven himself to be more of a political farce, then political force.