Watchdog to Portman: Stop Fundraising and Put America First

Washington – A watchdog group reissued its call that Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) immediately agree to end fundraising while he serves on the congressional deficit “supercommittee” today. The group, Public Campaign Action Fund, responded to Portman’s comments in the Plain-Dealer defending the continued raising of special interest money, saying “this is the way our system works.”

“Rob Portman won his 2010 election by 18 percentage points, and outspent his opponent by nearly $9 million,” said David Donnelly, national campaigns director of Public Campaign Action Fund. “His campaign bank account is stuffed full of Wall Street money, with more than $1.5 million in cash on hand. His next election is five years away.

“If Sen. Portman can’t give up fundraising for just a few months to put constituents ahead of big money donors, then it’s no wonder Congressional approval ratings are on the floor.”

Portman went on to say that, as elected officials, “[We] are able to legislate and again also raise campaign contributions as appropriate.”

“What would be ‘appropriate’ is for Sen. Portman to stop taking money from those who seek to influence the deficit supercommittee,” Donnelly said.

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Public Campaign Action Fund is a national nonprofit watchdog group working to improve America's election laws and to hold elected officials accountable. Learn more at www.campaignmoney.org.