George Marshall to be paid $300K to run for Congress
George Marshall, the former US Secretary of Defense who oversaw the massive invasion of Vietnam in 1968, is expected to receive more than $300,000 to run in the 2018 midterm elections, Politico reports.
The payment to Marshall comes as the House prepares to vote on a $1 trillion aid package to address the pandemic.
In a statement, the Marshall Center said the payout was for his “role as an educator, and for his leadership of the Marshall Plan and for the Marshall Marshall Fund.
Marshall will receive $100,000 for the first four years of his term, with an additional $150,000 in each of the next four years.
The center’s director of legislative affairs, Scott Wilson, said Marshall would be eligible for a $50,000 grant in the fourth year of his tenure.
The Marshall Center has already announced that it would pay Marshall $50 million to run a national tele-health campaign in 2018.
“We hope this effort will provide a voice to Republicans who have been absent on this issue, and will serve as a vehicle for Republicans to stand up for the people’s right to know what’s happening in their community.” “
I believe there is a growing recognition among Republicans and Democrats that there are two major, and not equally important, constituencies for the American people to hear from, and we believe that is what is necessary to address this critical issue,” Wilson said in a statement.
“We hope this effort will provide a voice to Republicans who have been absent on this issue, and will serve as a vehicle for Republicans to stand up for the people’s right to know what’s happening in their community.”
Marshall was a major supporter of President Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential bid, and has often been criticized by Democratic lawmakers for his role in the US war in Vietnam.
The $1.1 trillion US aid package will be debated in the House of Representatives as lawmakers head to the Capitol on Wednesday to consider the package.
Marshall’s campaign committee, which is running a series of television ads, says it’s the first time a former US president is receiving a financial contribution to run.
“He’s a fighter, and he’s fighting for America,” said Michael Caputo, the executive director of the group.
“That’s why we’re going out on the air and making sure that we get him out of here and that we can make sure that he is able to do what he does best, which are address the public’s needs.”