Why dig this up now?
A lot of conservatives insisted on treating Marianne Williamson like a goofy joke. Yes, she’s ridiculous. And, like the rest of the Oprah machine, she’s a creepy evil character who uses cultish New Age talk to disguise what she really is. After dropping out and endorsing Bernie Sanders, she continued spending campaign cash while stiffing small business campaign vendors.
Unlike many of the other 2020 candidates, Williamson seems to be leaving some creditors high and dry while living large, burning through what remains of her campaign cash.
In January, February and March, Williamson spent roughly $490,000 — $1,930 in charges to the five-star ultra luxe InterContinental Willard hotel in Washington, D.C; and at least another $5,771 in expenditures to other high-end spots in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and New York City — almost all after she officially suspended her campaign.
There was also $1,483 to a company called “streaming for the soul” — a Netflix-style service for self-help videos.
And she maintains a coterie of at least five paid staffers who took in $30,587.
The familiar grift is running for office, collecting cash, and then using them to fund your own operation.
“She’s not paying us,” Jennifer Marshall, co-founder of Next Digital Connection, told The Post. “We are a very small business, and we will be totally and utterly bankrupted if she doesn’t pay her bill.”
The North Carolina family business Marshall runs with husband Jeffery provided much of the texting and phone-banking services the Williamson campaign used to raise money and build her profile during her quixotic run for the White House, when she memorably warned Donald Trump that she would defeat him with “love.”
The Next Digital Connection bill came to $72,589, Federal Election Commission filings show. After a text message to Williamson in March reminding her that the bill was “months overdue,” Marshall said she was phoned by campaign consultant Wendy Zahler.
“Wendy wanted to [re-negotiate] down to pennies on the dollar,” said Marshall, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in May 2019. “We’re just two people who have a small company and we’re trying to do the right thing by candidates running for office and she screwed us.”
To state the obvious, being a campaign vendor is a high risk gig. And the best case scenario is you’re going to have to wait and hope you get paid. Becoming a campaign vendor for a creepy cult figure whose campaign is hopeless is a bad bet.
That said, Marianne Williamson is a bad person. And the dark forces she was talking about were those in the mirror.