Millionaire lawyer Joe Lieberman continues to use his massive fundraising advantage over Ned Lamont to buy his way back into Washington. He's raising over $100,000 per day from large corporations and Republican donors and that money is being swiftly turned around into what is surely going to be one of the most expensive ground game's Connecticut has every seen. Lieberman's campaign doesn't really have volunteers, but instead relies mostly on paid canvassers. I myself was offered a job as a $60 per day volunteer after I expressed interest in going to see Bill Clinton stump for the millionaire lawyer Lieberman last Monday.
Now the New Haven Register reveals the extent to which the Lieberman camp is trying to by the election through paid staff.
Smith said they now have between 200 and 300 volunteers and paid staff, to canvass daily. Democratic workers in New Haven said the campaign told them it hopes to hire up to 4,000 workers by Election Day.
Meanwhile, New Haven Alderwoman Jacqueline James, D-3, said a young, mostly white staff from New Jersey was in charge of canvassing for Lieberman, and that hundreds of people were turned away July 22 after being told the campaign was looking for 16- to 21-year-olds.
The alderwoman estimated 56 young people were hired out of about 500 people who showed up, attracted by the $60 a day fee, or about $800 for the duration.
She said LGS does not know the demographics of the city at all. James suggested that they match inexperienced teens with more savvy workers, but this was rejected.
"They kept saying this is how we do it in New Jersey. I kept telling them, ‘This is not New Jersey,’" said James, who no longer volunteers for Lieberman.
Millionaire lawyer Joe Lieberman can't rely on volunteer support because it simply doesn't exist. He has no base and can only use his millions of campaign dollars to lure people to do his dirty work. Lieberman is talking about hiring 4,000 people to volunteer for him and he doesn't even have 4,000 donors supporting his campaign in Connecticut.
What's more, it looks like the much-hyped GOTV ringer Tom Lindenfield isn't tailoring his strategy to the campaign he's running. The money and employees are there for Lieberman so I'm not prepared to dismiss their overwhelming ground efforts, but it's telling the Lieberman turns to DC insiders for a his Connecticut reelection campaign. Lieberman is out of touch with Connecticut and his disconnect is now costing his campaign tens of thousands of dollars in hired help. At least millionaire lawyer Lieberman can take consolation in knowing that his buddies in DC will continue to underwrite his campaign.