Five Democrats Push Bill To Ban PAC Donations Despite Receiving PAC Contributions Themselves

Records show that five democrats pushing a bill to ban corporations from creating political action committees (PAC) received sizable campaign contributions from PACs in 2021 and 2022.

The members of Congress lobbying on behalf of the bill include Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA), Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH), Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME), and Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA).

Harder has been particularly outspoken of PACs.

“I don’t take corporate PAC money because I work for my community, not the highest bidder,” he wrote in March.

The problem is, Harder’s campaign received an estimated $67,000 in 2021 and 2022 from PACs funded by a host of major corporations, including CVS, Boeing, and Aflac.

Golden received roughly $48,000 in campaign donations in 2021 and 2022 from PACs tied to California Rep. Adam Schiff (D) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D), as well as another $7,100 from a PAC funded in part by Microsoft, AT&T, and UnitedHealth.

In 2021 and 2022, Slotkin raised over $81,000 from PACs for Schiff, Rhode Island Rep. Sheldon Whitehouse (D), Washington Rep. Adam Smith (D), and California Rep. Pete Aguilar (D). These same PACs received funding from PACs for major corporations, such as Boeing, AT&T, General Dynamics, and Nike.

Nevertheless, in June, Slotkin could be heard touting the bill and condemning PAC money as ““warping the political process.”

National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokeswoman Camille Gallo pointed out the hypocrisy of the Democrats.

“These Democrats are complete frauds and if they were really against corporate PAC money, they’d give back the thousands of dollars they’ve taken from leadership PACs,” said Gallo.

Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the left-wing think tank Public Citizen, defended the Democrats for taking the contributions from the PACs.

“The NRCC is twisting its words,” Holman said. “Individuals from corporations — secretaries, employees, managers and even CEOs — may make contributions to leadership PACs from their own pockets.”

“These are donations from individual persons, not from some CEO dipping into other people’s money in the corporate treasury,” he added.

Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) introduced a bill in January to ban corporations from establishing PACs.