Romney aides hailing cabs for a weary ride home after the collapse of their candidate’s campaign last Tuesday were left scrambling for alternate payment methods after credit cards provided by the campaign office were abruptly deactivated, according to a report by NBC’s Garrett Haake.
The former Republican candidate wasted no time dismantling the infrastructure of his failed campaign, not even giving employees time to get home after his concession speech. Haake says that one aide was heard attributing the move to Romney’s fiscal conservatism.
Policy Goes Viral
The move was attacked by many in the news late last week, with headlines proclaiming “Romney Staffers Stranded” and “Romney Aides Cut Off.” The story went viral on social networks. Comments on Facebook ranged from the unsympathetic to outraged. “I sincerely hope nobody paid for this out their own pocket” said one. Some observers wondered whether there was a legal reason for the move. “Could there be some law about using campaign funds after the campaign ends?” one Facebook poster asked.
Apparently not. Forbes columnist Helaine Olen wrote that “this did not have to happen. The Mitt Romney for President entity does not end with Romney’s Tuesday night loss. There are papers to be filed with various federal commissions and bills to be paid.”
Campaign Card of Choice?
If Romney used American Express for his campaign staffers, he might have avoided this latest media debacle by setting spending limits for different employees. American Express business credit cards allow authorized users to have different lines of credit made available to them, controlled by the primary cardholder. That way, he could at least have left enough room on the cards for hotel bills and taxi fares.
It also leaves us wondering if there were any unused rewards on those card like frequent flyer miles or hotel loyalty points. A few hundred thousand credit card bonus points from all that stumping might make a nice parting gift for his hardworking campaign aides, who are surely stinging from their candidate’s decisive defeat.