Corrupt adulterer and Republican Senator John Ensign isn’t up for re-election until 2012. That’s a good thing, because his total fundraising take for the first quarter of 2010 wouldn’t pay for pens and pencils for the campaign office that he couldn’t afford rent on:
Sen. John Ensign’s re-election campaign took in just $50 in contributions, from one contributor, during the first quarter of 2010, according to FEC reports. The paltry take comes as more bad news for the scandal-tarred Nevada Republican, who would run for re-election in 2012.
Disclosure reports examined by TPMmuckraker show that Robert Donald, a Las Vegas retiree, was the sole contributor to the “Ensign for Senate” committee between January and March. Donald gave two separate $25 contributions.
Not $500 or $5,000 or $50,000 (and mind you, even the biggest figure there would be bad for a statewide Senate campaign), but fifty bucks. From one guy.
In Ensign’s defense, that guy really seems to like him. He probably won’t have to spend a dime canvassing Robert Donald’s house. But if he wants more than one vote in November 2012, he might want to up the fundraising ante.
Ensign’s legal troubles have been completely toxic to the GOP in Nevada. He is currently under investigation by the Justice Department over pay-to-play deals in connection with getting the husband of his mistress, former Chief of Staff Doug Hampton, a lobbying job.
Ensign’s personal contributions are actually higher than contributions to his PAC. That raked in exactly zero dollars in the first quarter.