Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is begging his supporters for money to help fund his counterattack on CNN for reporting on his escalating teen sex and prostitution scandal.
Yesterday Gaetz, 38, who allegedly paid a 17-year-old for sex, shared a new ad on Twitter and then asked people to “donate @ mattgaetz.com to help us manage a bunch!” “
The tweet comes amid reports that Gaetz’s campaign is bleeding money as it scrambles to control the damage.
According to the latest campaign finance report, he spent $ 170,000 between January and March on a direct mail campaign to save his rapidly eroding image.
$ 116,000 was spent in a single day – March 31 – the day after The New York Times reported the Justice Department was eyeing him in a child sex trafficking investigation .
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The report also shows that Gaetz paid $ 5,000 to summary Republican agent Roger Stone, who is currently being sued by the DOJ for allegedly failing to pay millions in taxes. He has also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on consultants and TV commercials.
Oh, and then there’s his growing legal fees, which currently stand at $ 85,000 and matter, according to the Daily Beast.
Here’s how people are responding to Gaetz’s call for money …
Are you taking venmo?
– The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) April 22, 2021
Gaetz needs to hire more young strippers, send him your money today!
– Rocky (@CheyenneNDN) April 22, 2021
Florida Man tries to use the federal investigation against him in a fundraising opportunity.
– Gator⚡Gum (@gator_gum) April 21, 2021
How much money did you use for sex trafficking? “A lot”?
– Patt Gaetz (@PattGaetz) April 21, 2021
Gross. I can’t believe anyone would sleep with you, even for money.
– Gensui-kaigun-taisho Togo Heihachiro (Togo-sama) (@GensuiTogo) April 21, 2021
New billboard in Pensacola pic.twitter.com/fX9f78plF9
– Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) April 21, 2021
I don’t give to child sex traffickers.
– ℕ (@Abyssal_Squid) April 21, 2021
Run a bunch of them? You sound like a teenager. Is it because you enjoy spending time with them so much?
– KD (@ kdnerak33) April 21, 2021
If you pay a PR firm for all of these messages, it’s a waste of money!
– Lee Jones (@ LightSpeed3000) April 21, 2021
Please donate to my “Help Me Avoid Prison” fund.
– Lisa Rago (@ LisaRago2) April 21, 2021
Can I get you money? With the memo “Certainly * not * for sex trafficking bills”
– Earl J “Guilty on all counts” Llama (@EarlLlama) April 21, 2021
Graham Gremore is editor and editor at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.