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Those Dems Rejecting Corporate PAC Money Are Getting It Other Ways

Dozens of Democrats made a big show of claiming they’re shunning corporate PAC donations. But a new report indicates they’re not actually turning down the money.

By NTK Staff | 04.09.2019 @1:00pm
Those Dems Rejecting Corporate PAC Money Are Getting It Other Ways

Democrats who pledged to shun corporate political action committee (PAC) donations are finding other ways to accept that some money, according to a new Politico report.

During the 2018 midterm campaign, numerous Democrats pledged that they would not accept campaign donations from corporate PACs in an effort to appear independent. The trend continued into 2019 as numerous Democratic presidential candidates have taken similar pledges.

But Democrats, in a move of brazen hypocrisy, are finding workarounds to get that same money through other channels. Take the examples of three Democrats, Gil Cisneros, Cindy Axne, and Mark Kelly, all of whom openly pledged not to take corporate PAC donations:

Four lobbyists — who represent major corporate clients including AT&T, Comcast, Microsoft, Pfizer, Verizon and Wells Fargo — hosted a fundraiser for Cisneros late last month at a townhouse on Capitol Hill, according to a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee list of fundraisers obtained by POLITICO.

The lunchtime fundraiser, hosted by Ingrid Duran and Catherine Pino of D&P Creative Solutions and Dean Aguillen and Moses Mercado of Ogilvy Government Relations, brought in about $15,000 for Cisneros’ reelection campaign, according to a person familiar with the total.

Freshman Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), meanwhile, held a fundraiser late last month at the offices of the Washington lobbying firm Cornerstone Government Affairs, which represents major corporations such as Boeing, Citigroup, Johnson & Johnson, Nike and United Airlines.

But Kelly held a fundraiser late last month hosted by five lobbyists at the offices of the lobbying firm Capitol Counsel, which represents ExxonMobil, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin and other big corporations, according to an invitation obtained by The Intercept.

In all, 43 House Democrats and 8 Senate Democrats have pledged not to take corporate PAC money. The issue has become a “progressive litmus test” among liberals. But if these Democrats are simply finding other paths to accept the same corporate money, what’s the point of it all?

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