May 21, 2015 12:00 pm -


REUTERS/Chris Keane

REUTERS/Chris Keane

We’ve reported about Carly Fiorina’s deadbeat behavior. Former staffers say they’d never work for her again because of her failure to pay up.

“Twelve of about 30 people who worked on Fiorina’s failed 2010 California Senate campaign, most speaking out for the first time, told Reuters they would not work for her again.

Reuters reports on the multi-millionaire:

…for more than four years, Fiorina – who has an estimated net worth of up to $120 million – didn’t pay them, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows.

On the campaign trail, the former Hewlett-Packard (HPQ.N) CEO has portrayed herself as a battle-hardened business leader who possesses the best financial skills among fellow Republican presidential hopefuls. But some former staffers on her Senate campaign are now raising questions about that portrayal.

Federal campaign filings show that, until a few months before Fiorina announced her presidential bid on May 4, she still owed staffers, consultants, strategists, legal experts and vendors nearly half a million dollars.

FEC records show, for example, that her former campaign manager Martin Wilson was owed $80,500; legal counsel Ben Ginsberg $60,000, and the widow of California political adviser Joe Shumate, who died during the final month of the campaign, at least $30,000.

Ultimately, Fiorina paid them. Fiorina’s campaign declined to give reasons for the delay, which was first reported in the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I’d rather go to Iraq than work for Carly Fiorina again,” said one high-level former campaign staffer, who asked not to be identified, citing disclosure restrictions in his contract.




D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

11 responses to Carly Fiorina Stiffed Staffers

  1. Maxx44 May 21st, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    She stiffed HP stockholders, so is anyone surprised she stiffed her staff?

  2. lynchie May 21st, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    What a shock. But this is how the 1% get wealthy by screwing people who work for and do work for them. They always figure that the little people have no money and won;t hire a lawyer. What I would really like is for someone in the media to have the guts to ask her about this and why it took her 4 years.

  3. Budda May 21st, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I often found the rich to be poor payers.

  4. allison1050 May 21st, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Hell, we know the reason for the delay…she was earning a littler interest on other peoples money.

  5. Republicans_are_Evil May 21st, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Someone had a lot of fun writing that headline.

  6. robert May 21st, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    imagine that !

    the rich stiffing their employees

    whats this world coming to ?

  7. labman57 May 21st, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Not much different from how Florina treated wage earners during her stint at HP.

  8. bushputz May 22nd, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Hate to tell you folks, but if you’re stupid enough to work for someone like Fiorina, you should expect to get screwed over…

  9. Budda May 22nd, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Does she really think she has a shot at the nomination much less the Presidency? Or is she in it just for the money?

    Oops, I guess I just answered my own question.

  10. Larry Schmitt May 22nd, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Best financial skills? Well, if you can somehow convince people to work for you without paying them, who could do better than that?

  11. MarcoZandrini May 22nd, 2015 at 10:10 am

    She’s a repugnant, what else did you expect?