In this gruesome election cycle, there's no such thing as lukewarm support. In for a dime, in for a dollar, as they say.
Or, as they say on Hillary Clinton's campaign, in for $25, in for as much as we want.
This seems to be what's happening to an 81-year-old Maplewood woman named Carol Mahre, who took her frustrating situation to KARE 11 news last night. Mahre says in March, she used the Hillary for America campaign website to give her favorite candidate $25. That is, one donation, totaling $25.
"I thought, oh, what the hell, I'll give 'em 25 bucks," says Mahre, adding that she's "not rich."
Could've fooled the Clinton campaign on that: They charged her $125, with five separate $25 charges showing up on Mahre's credit card bill. Mahre was annoyed and confused by this development, and handed the case over to her son, a lawyer.
Roger Mahre called the Clinton campaign repeatedly over the course of a few days in April and May, and finally got through to someone who "seemed nice enough." This campaign representative said the campaign was more than willing to refund its errant charges to Carol's card, and promised there wouldn't be any more mistakes.
The pledge to return Mahre's money hasn't happened yet. Instead, the campaign snatched another $50 during May.
Mahre's son guesses he's placed hundreds of calls to the Clinton campaign, and aside from that one pleasant but fruitless interaction, hasn't been able to get a live, helpful body on the line. So, instead of wasting more time, he took his case to the Attorney General's Office, filing a fraud claim, and to KARE 11, filing a "please stop taking money from my 81-year-old mother" claim.
Carol Mahre has taken the whole thing with good humor, laughing as she says, "I'm not going to vote if this keeps up."
At least if this happened with Donald Trump, he'd call you a sucker and tell his fans how he'd "won" this negotiation, and that this tactic is explained fully in his book, The Art of the Deal, on sale now in hardcover at Amazon.com starting at $39.42, a great book, great words. Best book since Voltaire.
Let's give Clinton the benefit of the doubt here: Surely, she's got nothing to do with the handling of low-level donations like this, nor would anyone she works with on a regular basis. This is likely little more than a technological glitch or a user mistake. For the campaign, the total sum amounts to a rounding error.
Indeed, it's probably that financial insignificance that explains why no one's addressed Mahre's problem. Wonder how much you have to donate to get someone to answer the phone.