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.
“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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