Dean Parker, the finance chair of Ben Carson’s presidential campaign, has resigned.
At this point, it might be easier to list who HASN’T resigned from the Ben Carson campaign.
His resignation comes on the heels of a Politico story about the campaign’s exorbitant spending, including Parker’s $20,000-month salary. It also follows the departures of campaign manager Barry Bennett and communications director Doug Watts on Dec. 31 after conflicts with longtime Carson adviser Armstrong Williams.
Parker accumulated at least $216,000 in expenses from July to September, according to Politico. The news outlet reported when Carson’s poll numbers were high in November, high spending was easy to overlook. But now, as Real Clear Politics puts Carson in fourth place nationally (27 points behind the leader) and fourth in Iowa (18.3 points behind), the spending is harder to ignore.
According to experts cited by Politico, finance chairs typically do not receive a salary, let alone such a high one.