Dan Backer is listed as the campaign treasurer for the Paul Nehlen (R-WI) run for Speaker of the House. Mr. Backer also has a reputation for creating Political Action Committees (PAC) that specialize in soliciting small donations while putting very little of the money into actually supporting a candidate or cause.
Dubbed Scam PACs, these entities appear to be more about making money for those operating them than for actually engaging in political speech and it’s all legal. According to Politico in 2014 Backer’s PACs soliciting money for various conservative causes “spent 87 percent of the $8 million they raised on operating expenses.”
Backer is not only directly involved with Nehlen’s campaign, but has also formed a PAC, Tea Party Forward, which has put about 80 percent of donations into operating expenses.
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Scam PACs tend to associate themselves with a candidate with little chance of actually winning but who have characteristics well liked by Tea Party supporters; anti-RINO, veteran, tea party activist or being African American. The Nehlen campaign may be an evolution in this strategy, where instead of looking for existing races that fit their criteria the scam PAC operators create a candidate, then fundraise for that person while compensating themselves a little too well for their effort.