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Democrats who want to ban corporate PACs received donations from PACs funded by large corporations

  • Five Democratic members of Congress behind a bill that would ban corporate political action committees (PACs) have taken hundreds of thousands combined in 2021 and 2022 from corporate-funded Democratic leadership PACs, records show.
  • For example, California Rep. Josh Harder’s campaign has received approximately $67,000 from leadership PACs who have accepted donations from a variety of corporate PACs, including those of Northrop Grumman, CVS, Boeing, and Aflac.
  • “I don’t take money from the corporate PAC because I work for my community, not for the highest bidder,” Harder, who along with other members pledged not to take money from the corporate PAC, said in March.

The congressional Democrats behind legislation that would bar corporations from operating political action committees (PACs) received large campaign checks in 2021 and 2022 from PACs funded by major corporations, records show.

California Representative Josh Harder Introduced April 2021 the Corporate PAC Ban Act, which has been co-sponsored by Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, New Hampshire Rep. Chris Pappas, Maine Rep. Jared Golden, and California Rep. Mike Levin. Yet these same lawmakers have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars combined from corporate-backed Democratic leadership PACs, according to federal campaign records reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

In addition to prohibiting corporations from operating PACs, Harder’s invoice a year after its enactment it would dissolve existing corporate PACs. It is unclear in the coming months if more Democrats intend to back the bill, which has stalled and has not received widespread support.

“I don’t take money from the corporate PAC because I work for my community, not for the highest bidder,” Harder, who along the with the other members has fiance for not accepting corporate money from the PAC, he tweeted in March. (RELATED: Mark Kelly got cash from corporate-backed PACs despite vowing to reject ‘corporate PAC money’)

But Harder’s campaign in 2021 and 2022 received roughly $67,000 from PACs tied to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Rep. Adam Schiff, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Rep. GeorgiaDavid Scott filings to show. These same PACs in 2021 and 2022 have collected donations of a variety of Corporate PACs, including those for Northrop Grumman, CVS, Boeing other Aflac.

Golden campaign accepted around $48,000 in campaign donations in 2021 and 2022 from the PACs for Schiff and Hoyer. The congressman’s campaign also has raised more than $7,100 from Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Leadership PAC, which raised $12,500 in 2021 and 2022 PACs for Microsoft, AT&T, and UnitedHealth.

Hush, promoted gold in May 2020 that he is “fighting for Mainers who work hard just to keep up with the bills” through his rejection of corporate PAC money.

“These Democrats are complete frauds and if they were really against PAC corporate money, they would give back the thousands of dollars they have taken from PAC leaders,” said Camille Gallo, spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). the DCNF.

But Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for the left-wing think tank Public Citizen, pushed back on the idea that it’s hypocritical for lawmakers to accept donations from corporate-funded leadership PACs. He pointed to the fact that donations to leadership PACs come from individuals in corporations.

“The NRCC is twisting their words,” Holman told the DCNF. “Corporate individuals (secretaries, employees, managers, and even CEOs) can make contributions to leadership PACs out of their own pockets. These are donations from individual people, not from some CEO dipping into other people’s money in the corporate treasury.”

While corporate PACs raise funds from high-level employees and shareholders, government affairs staff and corporate lobbyists typically manage them and authorize contributions, according to a End Citizens United, a left-wing non-profit organization. The campaign files that the DCNF reviewed explicitly named the corporations.

Similarly, the Slotkin campaign in 2021 and 2022 has raised over $81,000 of Leadership PAC for Schiff, Rhode Island Rep. Sheldon Whitehouse, Washington Rep. Adam Smith, and California Rep. Pete Aguilar. These committees have He received , in donations of other PACs, including those of Boeing, AT&T, General Dynamics other Nike, show the presentations.

Slotkin, however, claimed in June by deciding to co-sponsor the Corporate PAC Ban Act that “corporate money” is “warping the political process and twisting to fit” the corporate agenda.

Pappas’s campaign took in nearly $82,000 from corporate-funded leadership PACs for Hoyer, Schiff, New York Rep. Ritchie Torres, New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, and New Hampshire Rep. Jeanne Shaheen. But at the same time, Pappas said in As of March 2018, his “campaign will not accept any corporate money from the PAC.”

Levin claimed in May 2022, has never “taken a dime in corporate money from the PAC.” Still, his campaign in 2021 and 2022 accepted contributions from various leadership PACs, including nearly $16,000. of committees linked to Hoyer and New York Rep. Sean Maloney. Maloney’s CAP I take thousands in 2021 and 2022 from PACs for Verizon, UnitedHealth, Pfizer, CVS and FedEx.

Democratic Senators Mark Kelly of Arizona and Jon Ossoff of Georgia introduced their own invoice to ban corporate PACs in January. Kelly has claimed that she doesn’t “take a penny of the money from corporate PACs,” but since 2019 she has taken roughly $154,000 from corporate-funded Democratic leadership PACs, the DCNF reported.

The offices of Harder, Slotkin, Pappas, Golden and Levin did not respond to requests for comment.

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