We may not get liberty because of the Ron Paul campaign run, but it sure looks like Ron Paul campaign manager, Jesse Benton, got the big bucks.
Benton's total income from the Ron Paul Presidential Campaign and PACs, in the 2012 election cycle, is at least $586,616, EPJ has learned.
According to Open Secrets, he has been paid $322, 577 in the 2012 election cycle, by Liberty PAC. His total income directly from the Ron Paul presidential campaign 2012 is, to date, $264,039.
Benton is married to Ron Paul's granddaughter Valerie Pyeatt.
Many Ron Paul supporters have become unhappy with Benton because of his suspected contacts with the Romney campaign and his overall handling of the Ron Paul campaign. Supporters are so frustrated that they are calling for Benton to be fired,
According to Who Is Jesse Benton, Benton is now owner of various consulting firms, including,C.I.C Solutions based in Wahington D.C., where he is president of the firm.
He is also owner of Performance Institute, where he is Director of Policy and External Affairs.
According to Who Is Jesse Benton, these firms have contracts with various candidates, some of whom have been endorsed by Rand Paul and Ron Paul.
Here's a take by Tom Woods on Benton. Woods is one of the most savvy communicators of libertarian ideas out there. He is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books. A senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods holds a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard and his master's, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University
Bottom line, I personally have questions with how parts of the campaign have been run. Ron Paul deserved better. It is remarkable the following that Dr Paul has been able to generate, given what I consider major blunders in the way the campaign was handled. It will be something of a "last hurrah" for Dr. Paul when he goes down to Tampa for the Republican Convention. He doesn't need handlers who are concerned with their long term careers in politics. He needs people around him, who are advocates of liberty, who will slam the convention with calls for liberty.
Jesse, it's time to go. You got the cash. You have established your cred as political operative, your career is safe. Now, let your wife's grandfather go out in style, not kowtowing to the statist, establishment, warmonger Romney.
In fact, to protect your career, just go outright over to the Romney camp, now. We'll understand. It's a good career move. When you get over there, tell Romney that we over here are all crazy for liberty and can't be controlled and that the only way to handle things is to give Ron Paul respect, lots of it and to give Ron Paul supporters equal respect and lots of space. Tell him the times are changing and the Ron Paul supporters are going to be around, and growing in number, for as long as you can see.