Democrats Who Pledged to Refuse Corporate PAC Money Have Found a Loophole | NTK Network Democrats Who Pledged to Refuse Corporate PAC Money Have Found a Loophole

Democrats Who Pledged to Refuse Corporate PAC Money Have Found a Loophole

Freshman Democrats Jason Crow, Abigail Spanberger, Elissa Slotkin, Max Rose, and Tom Malinowski are guilty of the practice, according to a report.

By NTK Staff | 04.29.2019 @1:00pm
Democrats Who Pledged to Refuse Corporate PAC Money Have Found a Loophole

Numerous Democratic candidates in 2018 ran on a pledge: we want to limit the influence of corporations on government, so we will not accept donations from corporate political action committees (PACs). It’s a relatively new trend to go mainstream in the Democratic Party, and numerous presidential candidates are following suit in 2020.

But a closer look at these Democrats’ fundraising reports from the first quarter of 2019 reveals that many of these Democrats have found a work-around to this issue that allows that corporate money to continue to flow into their campaign accounts.

Numerous freshman Democrats who ran on a no-corporate-PAC-money mantra opened their re-election coffers to donations this year from party leaders and committees, such as the New Democrat Coalition Action Fund, that are chock full of funding from some of the nation’s best-known companies, federal election reports show.

Reps. Jason Crow of Colorado, Virginia’s Abigail Spanberger, Michigan’s Elissa Slotkin, New York’s Max Rose and New Jersey’s Tom Malinowski are among freshman Democrats who reported contributions during the year’s first quarter from party leaders, leadership PACs and other committees that take corporate dollars.

In effect, these Democrats are attempting to launder corporate money by insisting it pass through an independent third party before accepting it in their campaign accounts. Ultimately, it’s a win-win for Democrats, who are able to disingenuously claim they are not being influenced by corporate PACs while still raking in cash from those very sources.

It’s blatant hypocrisy, but most of the Democrats are unfazed when confronted on the issue. In a statement sent to Roll Call, Malinowski said he’s proud he doesn’t take any “direct contributions” from corporate PACs. “[N]o corporation can walk into my office and say ‘you are beholden to me,’” the statement read.

Without any real ramifications for exploiting this loophole, it’s doubtful these Democrats will end their hypocritical practice any time soon.

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