ICYMI: Finkenauer Quietly Breaks Self-Imposed Corporate PAC Money Ban
"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.'"
This is not the first time Finkenauer has accepted campaign cash from sources she's publicly distanced herself from. During her 2018 congressional run, Finkenauer took $14,000 from Pelosi as she refused to back Pelosi for speaker."
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