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Say you ran for governor in your state and you didn't even make it to the general election because you lost in a bitter primary election. Then you decide to run for Senate and again you can't get the people to buy into your crazy tea party ways and you lose another primary election. You have been dutifully paying off your campaign debt with the leftover campaign contributions you collected. But your campaign coffer is empty and you still owe $152,000 to various vendors.

What do you do? Well, if you are millionaire home builder and former congressman Mark Neumann you do what any man worth $6 to $18 million would do ... you beg for donations from campaign contributors,

Neumann made the plea in a fundraising email sent Monday, saying he doesn't have any money left in his campaign account.

He says he ran a "lean campaign that pinched every penny we could" and it "pains" him to ask for more donations.

It pains him to ask for more donations? Seriously? Aren't conservatives supposed to pay their own way? I mean seriously, this guy has a net worth of $6 to $18 million. Can't he just write a check for a paltry $152k?

Of course he can't stop there, nope, just days after he was begging for money to pay off his bills Neumann sends out anothe e-mail to his supporters asking...

...his backers to send money to help [Senate Candidate]Thompson, saying the race could determine whether Republicans take control of the Senate.

Neumann's [original] plea came at the same time Thompson said his campaign was broke following the primary and he's been forced to focus on raising money rather than actively campaigning against Democrat Tammy Baldwin.

Mr. Neumann, here is a little bit of advice from someone who is worth a hell of a lot less than you are. If you owe money, just pay your bills, don't ask for contributions. Just cut back on personal expenses a little bit. Maybe feed the family mac and cheese for a a few weeks, pack your own lunch, maybe go shopping for the kids at Goodwill or St. Vinnie's. Learn to live within your means like those of us in the great unwashed 99% ... and if all else fails, well, you are worth $6 to $18 million, write a fuckin' check out, pay your bills, donate some money to Thompson and slink back into the hole you came out of!

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 09:03 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Progressive Hippie.

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