Paul Spain

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Paul Spain
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 22
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
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Paul Spain was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 22nd Congressional District of Florida.[1] Paul Spain lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Spain's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • The Business Environment and Jobs: "In the last 5 years, new government regulations (many without congressional approval…executive orders, agency directives, etc.) have restricted individual initiative and created barriers to employment and job creation. Millions of people remain unemployed, with virtually no hope of finding a good paying job. Others have simply stopped looking for jobs that don’t exist. Paul believes that by removing unnecessary job killing directives, the private sector can thrive, and in the process create millions of new jobs. "
  • Federal Income Taxes: "Individual Income taxes (federal, state, local) have now become such a burden that many Americans cannot save adequately for future educational expenses, retirement, or to purchase adequate health insurance. People at the lower end of the income scale find themselves with little disposable income, many living day-to-day. What is needed in the United States is tax law that is simple, predictable, easy to understand, and that will allow people to keep more of what they earn. To help accomplish that goal, Paul is in favor of a flat tax on earned income. By implementing a simple and predictable tax code, individuals and businesses will be able to a better job of planning and projecting financial needs in the future. The result should be a more vibrant job market and domestic economy."
  • Health Care: "We have all seen the consequences of the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”—deliberate statements that have misled the public about the overall costs of the program (original estimate: $1 Trillion, current projected cost: $2 Trillion); a failed rollout of services and an insecure web site that denied service to applicants; low enrollment, huge cost overruns, and broken promises: “keep your doctor—keep your insurance company—family annual healthcare costs will be reduced by $2,500.00.” The Ultimate Insult: the government agency responsible for the rollout of “Obamacare” (The Department of Health and Human Services) could not initially tell taxpayers or Congress the demographic data (age) of individuals enrolled in the program, or even the number of participants that actually paid their healthcare premiums. In a purely partisan manner, the Democratic Party is attempting to take control over 1/6th of the U.S. economy."
  • Political Unity: "The American public wants to see results, not “gridlock”. The more people that go to Washington to represent the “people”, rather than a political party, the better our elected representative address the needs of the people."
  • Government Bureaucracy: "This nation faces a crisis in terms of federal government growth, with many functions duplicated throughout a vast maze of agencies that even federal employees find hard to navigate. Reducing the cost of government has simply not been implemented. Fraud and waste are rampant, threatening to put the nation’s financial security at risk. Federal pay, health benefits, and pension costs are out of control. There is no logical reason for the median income of a federal employee to be approximately 50% greater than the taxpayer that is paying his or her salary. There is also no logical explanation for Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas, which are heavily dominated by government enterprises, to have one of the highest medium incomes in the nation, while working class citizens that subsidize the federal government financially suffer from current economic policies. As a part of the solution to escalating federal employee and governmental costs, Paul believes that our federal government should consolidate redundant agencies, with special focus on regulatory organizations."

[3]

—Paul Spain's campaign website, http://www.paulspainforcongress.com/issues/

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 22nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Spain ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 22nd District.[1] Spain won the Republican nomination in the primary.[4] He was defeated by incumbent Lois Frankel (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, Florida District 22 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLois Frankel Incumbent 58% 125,404
     Republican Paul Spain 42% 90,685
     Write-in Raymond Schamis 0% 7
Total Votes 216,096
Source: Florida Division of Elections
U.S. House, Florida District 22 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Spain 42.6% 7,492
Andrea McGee 34.5% 6,073
David Wagie 22.8% 4,017
Total Votes 17,582
Source: Florida Division of Elections

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Spain's reports.

Paul Spain (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[6]July 15, 2014$0$42,201$(30,391)$11,809
Pre-Primary[7]August 14, 2014$11,809$24,675$(33,815)$2,669
October Quarterly[8]October 15, 2014$2,669$59,731$(46,546)$15,853
Running totals
$126,607$(110,752)

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