Hrmmm, Is David Hogg's PAC A 'Gen Z' Dream Or An Ego Trip?

By Greg Moriarty | Thursday, 11 April 2024 10:15 PM
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David Hogg, a well-known activist for gun control, has recently come under scrutiny for the alleged misuse of funds by his Political Action Committee (PAC), "Leaders We Deserve."

The PAC, which was established with the goal of supporting young Democratic candidates, is accused of spending a significant portion of its funds on travel and meals rather than on its stated mission.

Hogg, who gained national attention following the 2022 midterm elections, founded the PAC with the aim of electing Generation Z politicians to offices across the country. The group received widespread media coverage and Hogg stated that donations would be used to support young Democratic candidates. He said, “[We’re] trying to pick them and say, you know, we would like to help you run for office, we’ll supply you with all of the resources that you need and help basically coach you and hold your hand to get there, which is kind of the gap that’s in the space right now, for at least young people at the state legislative level.”

According to federal filings, by the end of 2023, Leaders We Deserve had raised over $3 million, a commendable feat for its first year of operation. However, conservative outlets have alleged that the group spent only about $263,000 on its mission of electing Generation Z candidates and donations to other Democratic Party committees and groups. They claim that more than $1.4 million was spent on payroll, political consulting firms, legal fees, travel, and entertainment expenses.

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Critics argue that the PAC appears to serve more as a platform for Hogg's self-promotion rather than its stated purpose of supporting young politicians. They suggest that the PAC was established primarily to boost Hogg's public profile.

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However, some argue that Hogg's presence at local campaigns could generate media attention for candidates and that his team could provide valuable guidance to inexperienced or young candidates. This could be seen as fulfilling the PAC's promise to “basically coach you and hold your hand to get there.” Critics, however, are more focused on the PAC's commitment to “supply you with all of the resources that you need.”

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Leaders We Deserve is just one of several political and business ventures launched by Hogg, who previously attempted to start a “progressive pillow company” before stepping away from the project.

Critics argue that the PAC's spending habits distort its stated purpose. While a visit from a nationally recognized figure like Hogg could potentially boost turnout for a local candidate, critics argue that this seems like a justification made after the PAC has been accused of spending most of its funds on legal fees, travel, and meals.

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The specifics of the PAC's spending, such as the quality of restaurants and hotels frequented by Hogg during his travels, are not publicly available. However, critics argue that regardless of these details, the PAC appears to be primarily focused on promoting Hogg rather than supporting young Democratic candidates.

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