Conservatives Donate Almost $3M to Potential Prez Candidate Who Doesn’t Seem to Want to Run

March 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM Leave a comment

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Marketing Wizards Make Millions Off the Movement. Is it Money Well Spent?

Amid the clattering circus that is CPAC, the soft-spoken neurosurgeon greeting supporters in the corner of an exhibition hall made an unlikely star. But the crowd couldn’t get enough of Dr. Ben Carson. His face was everywhere: stamped on room keys, plastered on the sides of buses and emblazoned on T-shirts. Supporters lined up for a chance to shake hands with the man who denounced Democratic policies in front of President Obama at last year’s National Prayer Breakfast.

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, which paid for the paraphernalia and drummed up the frenzy, is an unlikely juggernaut. It has no headquarters, few paid staffers and no known affiliation with Carson, who shows little sign of wanting to become a candidate. Yet the group has raked in $2.8 million from 47,000 donors during its first six months.

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I guess one could make a comparison here to Hillary Clinton but heck, she has shown signs of “wanting to be come a candidate.”

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