Zawistowski’s PAC spends most of its contributions on Zawistowski’s business

Purity for profit?

The Washington Post reported today that most of the big nationwide tea party related PACs actually spend more money on themselves than they do on the candidates they say they support.

A Washington Post analysis found that some of the top national tea party groups engaged in this year’s midterm elections have put just a tiny fraction of their money directly into boosting the candidates they’ve endorsed.

Out of the $37.5 million spent so far by the PACs of six major tea party organizations, less than $7 million has been devoted to directly helping candidates, according to the analysis, which was based on campaign finance data provided by the Sunlight Foundation.

Three well-known groups — the Tea Party Patriots, the Tea Party Express and the Madison Project — have spent 5 percent or less of their money directly on election-related activity during this election cycle. Two other prominent tea party groups, the Senate Conservatives Fund and FreedomWorks, have devoted about 40 percent of their money to direct candidate support such as ads and yard signs.

I’m guessing that most of the regular folks making contributions to these guys didn’t realize that such a small part of it actually helps the candidate and that they could be funding six-figure salaries for the PAC’s management.

Here in Ohio, you may have seen Tom Zawistowski asking tea partiers to donate to his Ohio Citizens PAC.

According to filings with the Secretary of State, OCP has raised over $11,000 so far this year and spent about $7400. Where did they spend that money?

$7000 of the donations went to TRZ Business Services. A company founded and run by Tom Zawistowski.


None of this is illegal, of course. But it is a little unseemly that contributions to his PAC also benefit his own business.

I find it very ironic that Zawistowski accused us of being paid by the ORP/Kasich administration to write this blog full time (a completely false claim that he has yet to back up or retract), all while asking people to donate to a PAC that benefits his own business.

Of course, this is the same source that says that the Democrats have agreed to toss the gubernatorial election, so I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised.

Author: Nick

I was born and raised in Ohio. After growing up in the Columbus area, I moved to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University, and have lived in Northeast Ohio ever since. I live in Wellington with my wife and son. I work in the private sector and have never worked in the political field.

8 thoughts on “Zawistowski’s PAC spends most of its contributions on Zawistowski’s business”

  1. Tom Z is driving them all off the cliff of relevance, hate to turn your back on people you agree with 80% of the time, but I will never cast a ballot for anyone associated with this hill person

  2. Meh, how many family members are hired and paid by all politicans and their PAC’s?

  3. How about a little thinking of your own here? Tom Z’s business does robo calls, maybe the money went to making robo calls promoting candidates or Issues? Did any one even bother to ask Tom or did they just decide to write and attack piece? Obviously no one contacted Tom Z and it is an attack piece.

    1. Maybe it did. I just wonder if the people donating knew that Tom Z also benefited personally by steering the money to his own company.

      Just reporting the facts. If I ever lie about him to the press, like he does about us, maybe then I’ll take your indignation seriously.

    2. PAC’s have to file paper work, etc….check it out before attacking….Tom gives discounts to candidates that they wouldn’t get otherwise…they benefit and he makes a small profit which knowing Tom finds it’s way back to the TP movement. Not only that, you are talking about a pittance here, not exactly getting rich on a share of $7000!

  4. This is FANTASTIC – I now know that my donations are being effective, the Sevices that Tom’s company provides to me and the campaigns I support are effective, The We the People Convention is effective.

    Tom Z actually got his own 3bp hit piece, and is a target of this blog, Tom should be proud, and his supports now know that he’s being effective.

    Keep up the good work Tom, and thank you for supporting conservatives throughout Ohio.

    When I grow up, I want 3bp to write a hit piece on me…

  5. i believe Sara Brenner tried contacting Tom Z to learn which candidates the calls, etc. were made for. Tom Z refused to reply.

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