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July 29, 2014

Keeping Things in the Family

Isn't charity supposed to begin at home?

Liberal darling and free-birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke is her own biggest donor in her state Senate race, according to official California campaign finance reports.

Fluke donated $12,000 to her campaign and $4,826.27 in non-monetary contributions. While $16,826.27 may not sound like a lot, Fluke also loaned her campaign $100,000.

Where does a 2012 law school grad working as a social justice attorney get a loan that size? Her campaign never responded to a Washington Examiner inquiry, so we’re left to speculate.

Perhaps the loan was in part secured by the family of Fluke’s husband, Adam Mutterperl. In 2012, Fluke married Mutterperl, an amateur stand-up comic and son of big-time Democratic donor William Mutterperl.

And wouldn’t you know it, the Mutterperls have donated quite a bit to Fluke’s campaign. William and Nancy Mutterperl have each donated $8,200 to Fluke’s campaign. Adam has given a bit less – $4,100.

As a family, the Mutterperls have given Fluke $20,500. Fluke’s own family has donated $9,600 to her campaign (her mother gave one donation as Betty and one as Elizabeth).

While it’s not unusual for family members to donate to a campaign (it would be far more telling if they didn’t give), the fact that the donations, along with Fluke’s loan, accounts for 33 percent of Fluke’s fundraising is notable.

In total, Fluke has raised $416,185.28, according to disclosure forms. With one-third of that total coming from her family, it appears the campaign is trying to pump up its donation totals to appear stronger than it actually is.

It's a good thing Ms. Fluke doesn't have an (R) after her name, because in that case we'd have to conclude that she was one of those horrid, inequality-promoting 1 percenters we've heard so much about.

Posted by Cassandra at July 29, 2014 06:54 AM

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"It's a good thing Ms. Fluke doesn't have an (R) after her name, because in that case we'd have to conclude that she was one of those horrid, inequality-promoting 1 percenters we've heard so much about."

Yer slippin'...you forgot to include "Citizen's United" and "dark money".

Posted by: DL Sly at July 29, 2014 11:55 AM

If she hadn't made the hated Rush Limbaugh apologize...no one would take her seriously as a candidate for anything. Hate can carry you pretty far in politics, and cover a multitude of sins. Rimsey Rimbaugh / Rimpsey Rimbaugh / Sterile Sandra / Humbled Limbaugh.

Posted by: Joseph W. at July 31, 2014 11:38 PM

Fluke is at all at once farce, ironically named and a gift to all that wish Lefty Dems poor electoral outcomes.

Posted by: CAPT Mike at August 3, 2014 11:30 PM

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