The Constitution Party, which has had some recent troubles stemming from several state party dis-affiliations, appears to also be in the midst of a long term financial decline.
A review of more than a decade of Federal Election Commission filings from the Constitution Party shows a party that has been suffering from a long decline in revenue.
Reviewing the documents from a decade ago, the Constitution Party in 2008 had more than $400,000 in donations, several staffers on the payroll, and had a record election year with Presidential Nominee Chuck Baldwin receiving a party high 199,750 votes (that number was eclipsed in 2016). Fast forward to 2018 and the party has taken in just over $85,000 in revenue, appears to be down to just one part-time staff member, and ended the year with just $1,626 in cash on hand. Since 2013, the party has topped $100,000 in donations twice, and since 2007 has ended the year with more than $10,000 cash on hand only two times.
Although having a part-time staff member and an office is more than most third parties can boast, this is a significant decline from the Constitution Party of 2007 and 2008. Two positive aspects of the party are that, despite its financial declines, its 2016 Presidential Candidate Darrell Castle was able to break the 200,000 vote mark with only $67,362 in contributions and being on the lowest number of state ballots (they were on the ballot in 24 states) since the parties first presidential ticket in 1992 (21 states).
A review of the year to date FEC reports appears to show the Constitution Party financial decline is extending into 2019 as well. The most recently filed report showed the party, on its current trajectory, it will end 2019 on similar financial footing as 2018.
As of June 30, the party only had $3,764 on hand and had taken in $43,321 in 2019. In addition, the Constitution Party has spent a total of $41,184 this year, of which 10% has been spent on rent, 17% on payroll, and 18% on ballot access. A total of $7,355 has been spent on ballot access this year, paid to two companies: American Liberty Consulting and Ballot Access, Inc.
Whether the recent disaffiliations will have any effect on the financial performance of the Constitution Party is yet to be seen.
*Source: Federal Election Commission
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