Failed Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer seems to be taking campaign advice from her potential colleagues. Like the vulnerable Senate Democrats she hopes to serve with, Finkenauer also is finding loopholes to accept thousands from corporate donors despite touting that her campaign has not accepted “dime of corporate PAC money.”
Abby Finkenauer might view Mark Kelly, Maggie Hassan, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Michael Bennet as campaign role models, but their phony lies about rejecting corporate money will land each of them out of office come November.
Iowa Democratic Senate frontrunner Abby Finkenauer claims she hasn’t taken a “dime of corporate PAC money.” In fact, she’s accepted thousands of dollars from groups that are funded by top U.S. corporations.
During a Monday candidate forum, Finkenauer boasted she’s “really proud” that her campaign hasn’t “taken a dime of corporate PAC money.” But the Democrat did not mention that she’s accepted thousands of dollars from Senate leadership committees that are bankrolled by corporations.
In September, for example, Finkenauer accepted $5,000 from Elect Democratic Women, a PAC associated with colleagues Reps. Joyce Beatty (D., Ohio), Julia Brownley (D., Calif.), and Lois Frankel (D., Fla.). The group raked in tens of thousands of dollars from U.S. corporations in the 2020 cycle, including Pfizer, Aflac, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Verizon, and Capital One. Finkenauer went on to accept $5,000 in December from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D., Calif.) PAC to the Future, which stockpiled lucrative donations from Google, Visa, Deloitte, Comcast, and General Motors in 2020.
In total, Finkenauer has accepted $16,500 from six leadership committees that have raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in combined corporate cash. The contributions came as the Democrat pledged to “fight for working families, not corporate elites.”
Finkenauer, who did not return a request for comment, is far from the only Democrat to take thousands from corporate-funded groups while swearing off corporate money. Sen. Mark Kelly (D., Ariz.), who has called corporate PAC money “one of the biggest problems in our politics today,” received $55,500 last quarter from corporate-backed trade groups and leadership committees. The loophole allows Democrats to benefit from corporations’ political contributions while claiming they oppose corporate cash.
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