McConnell’s Fundraising Shows He’s in the Pocket of Big Money Special Interests

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Washington, DC—Today, Public Campaign Action Fund, a national nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog group, issued the following statement from National Campaigns Director David Donnelly:


“Mitch McConnell’s fundraising totals are not a sign of strength of his candidacy, but the ultimate sign of what’s wrong with politics today. There is no better example in today’s Senate of money-for-favors than McConnell.


“Over his career in Congress, McConnell has raised close to half a million dollars from mortgage lenders and commercial banks at a time when the sub-prime market is crashing and foreclosures are at record highs. Where is the congressional oversight?


“As the debate on global warming has heated up, it’s instructive to see that McConnell has taken more than $750,000 in campaign contributions from the oil industry and auto manufacturers. He’s been on the side of oil companies and their record profits, while evidence of the growing crisis mounts.


“McConnell hasn’t met a lobbyist’s check he hasn’t liked, raising an astounding $350,000 from registered influence-peddlers through 2006. How much more has he squeezed from them in this first quarter? What is he promising in return?


“It’s time that Mitch McConnell’s fundraising be seen for what it really is: a high-stakes, influence-selling game played by only those who can afford to buy – and sell – access. It’s not a sign of electoral strength. It’s a sign of how McConnell perpetuates a system that places our government up for sale.”


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Public Campaign Action Fund (PCAF) is a national nonpartisan organization with more than 150,000 members working to advance comprehensive public financing of elections. PCAF also holds elected officials accountable for doing special favors for political backers.