A campaign group backed by a Virginia-based consulting firm is paying conservative canvassers up to $25 an hour to go knocking on doors for Bob Hugin.
New Jersey Grassroots, an organization run by Stampede Consulting, is recruiting fulltime and part-time canvassers throughout the state, paying rates well above the going rate.
A fulltime canvasser working 40 hours per week for the 13 weeks remaining before November’s election could net $13,000 by going door to door, in addition to performance-based bonuses. Part-time canvassers are likely to earn less, though not proportionally.
Canvassers working fewer than six hours in a day will earn only $20 per hour.
The group is run by Stampede Consulting, a Virginia-based consulting firm that specializes in field programs. The firm saw considerable use in 2016, particularly in Nevada. The Republican state party there paid the consulting firm for more than $750,000 in services.
It’s not clear who’s paying the consulting firm this time around, nor is it clear whether or not Stampede is acting independently or coordinating with the Hugin campaign, as the latter did not return comment after being contacted at 12:40 p.m.
Regardless of who’s footing the bill, the canvassing operation is driving the bill for the race even higher.
Stampede was cited in a lawsuit filed by the Nevada Democratic Party against Republicans alleging voter intimidation at the polls in 2016, though the case was eventually dismissed.
The group did not return a phone call seeking comment about New Jersey Grassroots made at 12:28. This article will be updated with comment should it be received.