Trump Campaign Paid $35,000 To Draper Sterling, The Ad Agency From ‘Mad Men’

Trump Campaign Paid $35,000 To Draper Sterling, The Ad Agency From ‘Mad Men’

Late Monday evening, Donald Trump’s campaign released their financials for the month of May, and the results were nothing less than shocking. For the month, the campaign raised only $3.1 million from outside donations, a paltry sum by any measure, but especially so for a presidential candidate for a major party. The Donald gave his campaign $45,000 while loaning it an additional $2.2 million. (Yep, that means Trump expects to be paid back by donors.) At month’s end, his team had only $1.3 million on hand, an unbelievably low amount.

Now, just for comparison’s sake, Hillary Clinton raised $26.4 million in May and had $45.2 million in the bank. Hell, even Bernie Sanders, whose run is over and was all but mathematically eliminated throughout most of May, still raised five times more than Trump in the month and had $8 million MORE on hand at the end of May. Even more embarrassing, Ted Cruz, who dropped out in early May, raised more than him.

Trump was immediately mocked over the report with the Twitter hashtag #TrumpSoPoor topping the trending topics for a bit Monday night. However, the ridicule didn’t stop at the so-called billionaire barely having any cash in the bank to run a Congressional run, let alone a White House campaign.

After poring over the expenditures of Trump’s FEC filing, ThinkProgress’s Jedd Legum noticed something weird and, frankly, unbelievable. While noticing that most of the money spent by the campaign essentially went back to Trump — renting Mar-A-Lago, using his private jet, placing himself and kids on payroll — Legum flagged payments to an ad agency with a very distinctive name.



Yep, that would be an allusion to the advertising agency from the iconic AMC show Mad Men, set in the 1960s. (Don Draper and Roger Sterling are two of the lead characters of the show.) With a little more digging, Legum and others determined that the agency may be fake, or possibly a shell company used to skim campaign funds. (The listed address is a few minutes away from recently fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s home in New Hampshire.)



At this point, it is legit to wonder if Trump is even going to make it to the convention. It feels like either he’ll just up and quit so as to avoid any further embarrassment, or the GOP/RNC is going to step in and find a way to somehow yank this nomination from him. The past few weeks have been an absolute shitshow. Instead of developing a coherent general election strategy, a competent and nationwide campaign structure, and banking money for the fall, all while Hillary was still battling in her own primary, he spent the whole time dicking around and mouth-farting red meat to his bigoted followers.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.