Raphael Warnock waived corporate PAC money – but took thousands of corporate funded PACs

Senator Raphael Warnock raised tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from corporate-funded political action committees (PACs) this election cycle, records show. At the same time, the Georgia Democrat said he had “never taken a penny of the corporate PAC money” and pledged not to.

“I have made the decision to reject corporate PAC money, so I rely entirely on grassroots folks like you to propel our re-election campaign to victory,” Warnock’s campaign wrote in an e-mail. fundraising mail wednesday.

Ameripac, which is linked to Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, donated $5,000 to Warnock’s campaign in June, filings show. PAC leadership has secured $373,000 since 2003 from PACs for Google, CVS, Lockheed Martin, General Electric and Pfizer.

Green Mountain PAC, which is the PAC leader for Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, donated $2,500 to the senator’s campaign in March, according to filings. Leahy’s PAC has received $489,250 since 2005 from PACs for General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, AT&T, Microsoft, Deloitte, Lockheed Martin, Google, Comcast and Pfizer, records show.

“Raphael Warnock is the ultimate playmaker,” Stephen Lawson, a Republican strategist in Georgia, told DCNF. “Whether in terms of his voting record for billions in wasteful spending or taking huge sums from Liberal mega-donors. He is the ultimate hypocrite and I think Georgian voters see through his lies and his hypocrisy.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 6: Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) speaks to reporters as he leaves a Senate vote on Capitol Hill August 6, 2022 in Washington, DC. The US Senate plans to work through the weekend to vote on amendments to the Cut Inflation Act, which is expected to conclude on Sunday, August 7, 2022. (Photo by Anna Rose Layden/Getty Images)

“I don’t take a dime of corporate PAC money — and unlike GOP megadonors, I don’t have millions to pour into my campaign,” Warnock tweeted last year with a link to a campaign donation link. “Our average online contribution is only $25.41. This is a grassroots campaign, so please get involved before midnight tonight.

It wasn’t just corporate-funded PACs that backed Warnock. The senator’s campaign brought in $8,400 in the first and second quarters of 2022 from corporate lobbyists, including those working for Amazon, AT&T, Pfizer, CVS and The Carlyle Group, according to FEC filings and data provided by OpenSecrets.

Warnock notably received more than $140,000 from Democratic leadership PACs backed by corporate PACs in 2020, the Washington Free Beacon reported. He also received more than $317,000 in PACs backed by corporate PACs in 2021, National Review reported.

“I’ve never taken a dime from the corporate PAC, period,” the senator also posted on Facebook in 2021. “It’s still going to be a grassroots campaign, but we’re going to need a massive coalition to keep Georgia blue. Can you participate today? »

The senator will face Republican Herschel Walker, a former NFL player, in November. Warnock leads Walker by nearly three points, according to a FiveThirtyEight poll average.

Warnock’s campaign did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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