I don’t particularly care if politicians take money from corporations; my feeling is that corporations have a right to protect their interests. But it appears to be a big, freaking deal to Democrat Lisa Brown. Enough so that she made a scary “dark money” video for her campaign, criticizing her opponent, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, for accepting money from Paul Ryan’s PAC and declaring that she doesn’t take corporate PAC money. Period.
But is that really true? The answer is…not so much.
For example, Brown’s campaign received $5,000 from Nancy Pelosi’s PAC to the Future. PAC to the Future has accepted donations from numerous corporate PACs, including (but not limited to):
- Burlington Northern
- New York Life
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Hewlett Packard
She’s also received a $1,000 donation from the New Democrat Coalition PAC, which has received donations from various corporations, including:
- Cardinal Health
- Molina Healthcare
- New York Life
- And so on…
I could go on, because of the 39 PACs that have made donations to her campaign, at least 15 have accepted money from corporate PACs. And that, according to Lisa, is “exactly what’s wrong with this Congress.”
Like I said, I don’t particularly care if Lisa Brown accepts money from corporate PACs. But I care if she lies about it, which she clearly is. And she thinks WA-05 voters are too stupid to notice.
If she’s willing to lie about where her campaign cash is coming from in order to get elected, what would she be willing to lie about if she were elected?
This is what Brown needs to remember. Money is fungible. Money from a tainted source is tainted money.
And we’re not that stupid.