Mitch McConnell Invites Big Donor to Senate Dining Room

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had a private lunch with Delta Airlines CEO Richard H. Anderson in the Senate Dining Room the same month the executive and his wife donated $10,000 to the Senator’s leadership PAC, a shining example of the access and influence big money donations buy in Congress.

The company is currently lobbying Congress on the Export-Import Bank as it faces reauthorization in Congress. Delta, for its part, “says the bank must change so those Boeing sales don’t hurt Delta and help competitors.”

The New York Times reported yesterday, “One morning last month, Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, the minority leader, was dining with Richard H. Anderson, the chief executive of Delta Air Lines,” in the Senate dining room.

In a filing with the FEC today, McConnell’s leadership PAC, Bluegrass Committee, reported $5,000 donations from both Mr. Anderson and his wife Susan in July, around the same time. Delta's PAC donated an additional $2,500.

It’s unknown how many of McConnell’s constituents have attended dinners with their Senator in the Senate dining room, but it’s likely very few can afford a possible $10,000 admission fee.