Tulsi Gabbard's total expenses per her FEC reports:

  • 2011-2012: $1,516,206.61

  • 2013-2014: $905,585.06

  • 2015-2016: $1,295,662.48 

  • 2017-2018: $1,452,102.58

Consultants

Revolution Messaging

On January 29, 2019, Politico reported that progressive firm Revolution Messaging would no longer be working with Tulsi Gabbard's campaign. According to the article, "[Campaign Spokesperson Erika Tsuji] said Revolution Messaging was hired for only the campaign launch." 

 

According to FEC reports, however, Tulsi Gabbard's Congressional campaign made its first payment of $57,570 to Revolution Messaging on June 29, 2016, and since then has paid the company a total of $954,900.25. (Including what she paid from her Presidential Campaign.)

 

2015-2016 Campaign Cycle:

Her payments to the media company between June 29 and August 9, 2016 totaled $224,890. That period coincides with the final months of the 2016 Democratic Primary for Hawaii's second Congressional seat -- when Gabbard faced an opponent who raised just over $17,000 during the entire election.

Gabbard's largest month of payments to Revolution Messaging was August 2016 -- when she spent just under $100,000. She paid Revolution Messaging over four hundred thousand dollars in 2016. 

2017-2018 Campaign Cycle:

From January 2017 to August 2018, Gabbard's internet advertising payments to Revolution Messaging totaled $268,490.  Gabbard's Primary 2018 opponent raised a total of $31,248.

2019-2020 Campaign Cycle:

Gabbard's Congressional campaign did not make any payments to Revolution Messaging in 2019. Her Presidential campaign paid them $274,174.05 in January and February 2019.

Potomac Square Group

On October 6, 2017, Tulsi Gabbard's campaign paid the Potomac Square Group $19,400 for media consulting.

 

Chris Cooper is the head of the Washington-based group. He is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and has been linked to Trump Jr's troubles. He is also listed by Politico as one of 315 people linked to the Russian investigations.

He also made news for his involvement in the screening of a controversial film that examines the case of Sergei Magnitsky, the whistle-blowing Russian lawyer who died in prison after allegedly being tortured.

Denton, LLC

From April 21, 2017 to November 24, 2018, Gabbard's campaign paid out a total of $74,489.86 for legal services to Denton US, LLP, a global law firm, reportedly the largest in the world. 

Congressional and Senate campaigns spend money on legal fees for a variety of services, ranging from FEC compliance to sexual assault charges. For example, under the description of legal services or legal fees, Senator Mazie Hirono's campaign reported paying out $4,418 in 2017, Senator Brian Schatz reported a total of $888, and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa had nothing to report. Donald Trump's campaign has reported over $4 million.

 

Other congressional and senate campaigns that reported legal fees and/or services in 2017 include: Al Franken's, which spent $93,391; Barbara Lee's, which spent $14,361, Cathy McMorris Rodgers' with $87,685, John Conyers' at $25,363, Cory Booker's at $38,502, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz's with $47,633.

According to her Presidential Campaign's FEC report, Gabbard began paying Denton US, LLP again on March 2, 2019 -- $4,553.50 in legal fees.

Batrice and Associates

According to the Politico article cited previously, "[Presidential] Campaign manager Rania Batrice...[was] set to depart after [Tulsi Gabbard's February 2, 2019] official kickoff in Hawaii."

 

Batrice and Associates was paid a total of $70,518.73 from January 2017 to December 2018 by Gabbard's Congressional campaign for strategic political consulting. Political and Non-Profit Strategist Rania Batrice served as Bernie Sanders' National Director of Surrogates, the Sanders Campaign Deputy Campaign Manager and Iowa Campaign Manager. She also served as Iowa Senior Political Advisor to former Senator Jim Webb from March to May 2015. She served as Deputy Regional Director/Political Director for John Edwards for President in Iowa, South Carolina, and Oklahoma from 2007 to 2008. 

The last payment to Batrice appears to be $3,000 in January 2019.

In Hawaii through 2018, Batrice was primarily visible on social media engaging with Gabbard's critics.

Video Equipment/Production & Media

Video Equipment

In 2013-2014, Gabbard's congressional campaign spent $3,013.23 on expenses that had the words "video" and "camera" in the description.

 

In 2015-2016, the campaign spent $25,497.94 on video expenses, including rentals, outright purchases, and payments to Blue River Productions, where Tulsi Gabbard's husband, Abraham Williams appears to work.

In 2017-2018, disbursements with the words "video" and "camera," including equipment, rentals, and production costs, totaled $62,149.13. In addition to Blue River Productions (which was paid $13,476 between 2016 and 2018), payments were made directly to:

 

  • Abraham Williams for a total of $5,596 for video equipment rental, equipment storage and batteries;

  • Tulsi Gabbard for a total of $890 for video production, camera and video equipment; and

  • Campaign Spokesperson Erika Tsuji for a total of $5,766 for camera equipment and staff.

 

From the period between January 6 and March 31, 2017 alone, the campaign spent over $43,000 on camera and video related expenses, much of it for purchases, including a camera at $19,411. 

Gabbard's Congressional Campaign's video and camera expenses dropped to $1,194 in the first quarter of 2019, but her Presidential campaign's expenses increased significantly, including $98,000 to the production company Human on February 1, located in New York and $45,567 to Theatrix Hawaii in Honolulu also on February 1.

 

She paid $931.50 each to her husband Abraham Williams and B&H Photo this quarter for video equipment, and another $907.22 to Williams for media production and $154 to B&H also for media production. She also Paid B&H Photo over $10,000 for computers.

Website Services

In January 2016, Gabbard's campaign began paying Kris Robinson for website management, with one payment of $2,000 for online ads. Robinson was paid a total of $56,791 in 2016.

In 2017, Gabbard's campaign stopped paying Robinson, but started paying Northwest Digital for website management, internet marketing, and internet advertising. From January 2017 through December 2018, Northwest Digital received a total of $131,368.

According to the Oregon State Corporate Division, Kris Robinson is the authorized representative of Northwest Digital, which is located at 204 Jersey Street in Silverton, Oregon.

According to Google Maps, 204 Jersey Street in Silverton is the storefront below. 

In 2019, Northwest Digital continues to provide internet services for Tulsi Gabbard's Congressional campaign and also provides services to Gabbard's Presidential campaign.

 

Gabbard's Congressional campaign paid Northwest Digital $24,438,88 between January and March 2019 and her Presidential Campaign paid Northwest a total of $173,242.15 in the first quarter of 2019.

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