Five Dem Senators Won’t Take Corporate PAC Money

The Washington Examiner reports:

Sen. Cory Booker announced late Tuesday that he will no longer accept campaign contributions from political action committees of for-profit companies, following the example of some of his fellow Democrats.

Booker accepted $1.8 million from business PACs from 2013-2018, according to Open Secrets, which tracks campaign contributions. Booker became the fifth U.S. senator to reject corporate PAC money; he was preceded Tuesday by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have also pledged to reject corporate PAC contributions. Booker, Gillibrand, Sanders, and Warren have been floated as possible 2020 presidential candidates.

  • PickyPecker
    • Joe in PA

      You are in rare form this morning! I was wondering if we would have a Valentine’ Day themed “Fuck Trump” gif from you this morning. Thank you! Good job.

    • alc2018

      a wonderful yet fitting tribute but far too kind for a miserable miserable russian puppet who rather be at McDonalds, KFC or the local strip bar..oh well..

    • Lizard

      Aw, Picky, you always know how to make me smile. 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Happy Valentine’s Day, PP. Eat chocolate, if that’s your thing.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4e48464314ebad7ceef19af91b23e3be43daf5753a0fa62a7bc3c3a46a581941.gif

      I had a friend in college who called Valentine’s Day “Cheap Chocolate Day Eve.” :p

      • SkokieGuy

        No, it is the day AFTER Valentine’s day that is ‘cheap chocolate day’.

        • Right. So, the day before is Cheap Chocolate Day Eve, like the day before Christmas is Christmas Eve. :p

          • SkokieGuy

            Duh – missed the ‘eve’. I think we both know what you, I and your college friend will be doing tomorrow!

    • GayOldLady

      Thanks Picky!

    • Nic Peterson

      Happy VD, PP.

  • Gustav2

    Sanders is not a Democrat.
    Sanders is not a Democrat.
    Sanders is not a Democrat.
    Sanders is not a Democrat.
    Sanders is not a Democrat.

    • worstcultever

      He’s a D-A (Democrat-Adjacent)

      Or perhaps DoC (Democrat of Convenience)

      Or maybe PD (Parasite Democrat)

      Or DAQ (Democrat Air Quotes)

      • Gustav2

        All of the above.

      • Richard, another Canuck

        Alt-democrat

    • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

      lol, imagine thinking this is an insult

    • The_Wretched

      He’s also not going to get an effective next run in 2020.

      And, so what? The Democrats are spineless corpratists who have been taken over by what used to be called moderate Republicans. I care about progressive values and those aren’t the same as putting corps first.

    • Lawerence Collins

      He’s better!
      I doubt that you even know why he’s

  • gaycuckhubby

    Well we know which 5 Senators will be running

  • William

    The Koch brothers are laughing all the way to their private reception.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      I agree. Democrats should not unilaterally disarm.

  • gaycuckhubby
    • GayOldLady

      I Love Michaelangelo!!!!

    • fuow

      They’ll blame it on Obama and Clinton (both) and the people who vote will believe it.

  • Joe in PA

    Not to be all Debbie-downer on this…but is this crafted in such a way that it’s a distinction without a difference? It says “PAC of “for-profit” companies. Those not-for-profit are just as dangerous. And wasn’t Booker taking lots of $$ from drug companies, hence his vote against negotiating drug prices?

  • Joe in PA

    O/T and in brighter news: Bichon Frise named Top Dog at Westminster.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/bichon-frise-named-top-dog-westminster/

  • Lizard

    OT Donald Trump Jr. is attacking Adam Rippon on Twitter. As usual, he seems to have no clue what the fuck he’s talking about.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Thanks. I just told him to STFU.

      • Lizard

        Much appreciated!

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      If there is ever an autopsy of Don Jr., they are so going to find rocks in his skull instead of gray matter.

      • agcons

        Really small rocks.

  • Halou

    Both parties are exactly the same, right Steiners & the Never Hillary gang?

    • pch1013

      The Progressive Purity Police are already lining up to attack Booker, because of course.

  • mikemmiv

    This shit will still follow him if he seeks higher office.

  • Tread

    Well, there’s a good way to lose an election. Fucking idiot “progressives.”

  • JT

    “Let’s play by the Marquess of Queensberry Rules against Nazi stormtroopers.”

    Yeah, that will work.

    • prixator

      Queensberry

  • Dayglo

    How un-American of them!

  • DaddyRay

    I appreciate the effort but frankly we need to do everything we can to win at this point

    • Friday

      Trumpublican deregulation of campaign finance and the like probably make it pretty moot, anyway.

    • That was my thought. I appreciate the sentiment, but you know it’s something that the GOP would never, ever do and would put the Democrats at a disadvantage.

      • fuow

        I suspect it is more a case of jockeying for position in the early 2020 Democratic field. Cory has a reputation for being a physically brave, right-wing Democrat who is a closeted gay man. This would be a typical first step (and an easy one) toward positioning himself as appealing to people on the left of the party like me. Worth the financial loss.

      • FancyThat

        For the last three decades, the majority of elections are inevitably won by the candidate with the largest purse. Cutting off the funds that stuff the purse is noble and well-intentioned, but until there’s reform in campaign finance, why glue your shoes to the starting block? Democrats always seem to take the rockiest path. And in the current quagmire, it’s not a winning strategy.

    • prixator

      Yeah, I don’t know which voters this will attract, other than those who were already going to vote Democrat.

      It’s bloody obvious that Repubs are only serving the interests of corporations and the wealthy.

  • Friday’s_cat

    Big money is needed for print and broadcast advertising, with readers and viewers going on line for information where politicians can tout them selves for free, why pay?

  • JustDucky
    • fuow

      True. Still, it’s a good way to win back those of us in the party to the left of Richard Nixon*.
      *Sigh. If I don’t explain two things right here and now, some humorless tom-fool of an illiterate will come along and raise a fuss.
      1) I’m a Democrat.
      2) Richard Nixon was to the left of Hillary Clinton on many things which matter today.

      • Matt G, Rochester

        I don’t often agree with you, but this is spot on. Moreso, she WAS a Goldwater Girl. But this is exactly the expected result of making people vote for the lesser of two evils, instead of running exciting, dynamic, articulate candidates who don’t take any votes, let alone any state, for granted.

        • -M-

          Yes but remember if you want better choices in politics we need to do away with the first past the post voting system that turns a third option into a spoiler that favors their ideological opposite, as well as the gerrymandering and voter suppression that lets politicians choose their voters. And the first step to any of those reforms is kicking the fascist Republicans out.

        • JT

          Uh huh. The result of your kind of thinking is allowing a Nazi into office while thinking that he is only “slightly worse” than the candidate you call the “lesser of two evils.”

          It’s hilarious that someone presuming to be serious even brings up the “Goldwater Girl” nonsense.

          • Matt G, Rochester

            Despite my total dislike of the candidate, I DID vote for the Goldwater Girl. (Look it up, it is well documented!) But people like you make me want to stay home on election day, something I haven’t done since I turned 18. So keep up disparaging those of us who held our noses and voted lesser of two evils, and are demanding better candidates. Half of all those eligible to vote already stay home because they can’t stand any of the candidates. Maybe you can make it 75% who choose “none of the above.”

          • JT

            You appear to be either an idiot or a troll for bringing up the “Goldwater Girl” issue as if the political views of a 17 year old have any bearing on her candidacy over 50 years later. Your “people like you” nonsense indicates that you’re a troll, or someone lacking any political responsibility. But you’re probably an idiot too.

  • Blake J Butler

    Purity police will be ma

  • Jack

    Hmmm. Can’t they take the money but not pay attention to its source?

  • Buford

    I’ll state the obvious… the simple fact that the amount of cash a campaign has on-hand is a reliable indicator of ‘advantage’ in a US election tells us that our democracy is broken.

    If Americans are still informing their decisions on who to vote for based upon what they hear from paid campaign ads, we’re doomed. Get educated. Read multiple ‘fair’ sources of information… bounce what you learn up against your stances and preferences… and then vote accordingly.

    • FancyThat

      Great advice! Except that in reality, few can follow that path. The populace wants conscience-free, easy to swallow sound bites wrapped in mind-numbing, fear-inducing talking points. Fox was appetizing enough, but the Sinclair buffet will be open 24-7, with larger troughs.

      Get educated? Seriously? While working 3 part-time jobs? Let them stick with the simple stuff: Birth certificates, Benghazi, Comet Pizza Basements and Deep State.

      Stop asking the electorate to step up
      their game and get their thought processes involved.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I thought we were well into the world of “nothing matters anymore”. But I guess it only matters if you’re a Democrat.

  • another_steve

    Admirable, but the goal needs to be to change the rules of the game, not merely to drop out of the game.

    Without big bucks today, you can’t be a viable player on the national stage.

    • Lizard

      They must have considered that. I wonder if their information about voters is telling them that the votes gained from not accepting those kinds of donations offsets the amount of campaigning that money would buy.

      • Halou

        Or they sense their defeat at the hands of Russophile Republicans is guaranteed so no harm in being an ideologue.

        • Lizard

          I doubt that, just glancing at the states in question. Booker in NJ, Gillibrand from NY, Warren in MA…

          • Matt G, Rochester

            NY is funny, Javits and D’Amato were both R, we’ve swung back and forth between R & D governors. It all depends on the ratio between Rural & Urban turnout. It “upstate” rural turnout is high, and upstate urban is low, Rs win often.

      • SoCalGal20

        My guess is they see how much grassroots fundraising is bringing in. Booker should have no problem raising $1.8 million from small/individual donors.

  • jimbo65

    That’s all well and good with Booker. But he seems to be in the pocket of Big pharma. Wasn’t he one of the Senators who killed a bill allowing cheaper drugs from Canada?

  • Kevin Andrews

    So they are all Owned by AIPAC and traitors who’ve signed the pledge. They’ve guaranteed Israeli military superiority, supply illegal foreign aid to a national enemy and sold our troops as strong-arm land and resource thieves to the apartheid, rogue nuclear, ethnic cleansing illegitimate State of Palestinian occupation.

  • netxtown

    here we go…the dems getting all purity. but…if taking their money means you have to suck their ass…then let it go.

  • fuow

    Well, he’s done something I like. Good!

  • Ninja0980

    Bernie is not a Democrat so why the fuck should we care what he does?
    And why are others catering to that part of the base when they’ll get mad if a Democrat doesn’t meet their purity test 100%?

  • MarkBuster

    Way too late for Cory… he sold us out on the medication issue

  • Gene Perry

    OK, your title should read “Five Dem Senators (Most of Which Are Running for Prez in 2020) Won’t Take Corporate PAC Money”

  • Daniel E. Duclo

    On the surface it is basic pandering but the facts are that we are a an Oligarchy so not taking money from Companies means not getting money. You wont fill your coffers with private donations….(legally). I have been in Canada for 7 yrs now and am amazed at political campaigns here. The are extremely short I believe the last one was 76 days and they spend a fraction of the money as the U.S.

  • BeaverTales

    How dare these senators distance themselves from Wall Street money obtained by fleecing Americans during the so-called “Housing Boom” and the rush to outsource jobs. Americans only want politicians who are millionaires and billionaires and celebrities to run for office. /s

  • JWC

    Do I sense that Cory Booker can smell a presidency down the road

  • andrew

    Why not take their money to help get elected and once in office follow your own progressive agenda. Remember former Senator Russ Feingold? In 2010 he refused to take big money and lost reelection to his 4th Senate term.

    • -M-

      Yeah, getting big money out of politics is great and hopefully this announcement will work for them in attracting voters and small donors but I worry that they may just be unilaterally disarming. We need politicians in office to reform the campaign laws to eliminate dark money etc across the board, not individual candidates posturing as a campaign stunt.

      • -M-

        I like Warren. I don’t know anything about Cantwell. I’ll try not to speak ill of the others.

        • JackNasty

          Maria Cantwell is the Senator from Microsoft. LIke her fellow Senator from Washington State, Patty Murray, Maria specializes in doing as little as possible.

          • -M-

            .🙁

    • Vista-Cruiser

      And he lost AGAIN in 2016.

  • 1980Gardener

    this is a start, but they are only giving up special interest money that wasn’t flowing to them in the first place…

    What about other PACs?

  • Deviancy Behavir

    This is all posturing for a run at the presidency, we know what this is for sure and it’s a lot of bullshit is what it really is.

  • JCF

    “Too late!” scream the Purity Bros…

  • Lawerence Collins

    Wouldn’t believe Booker, if his tongue came notarized