Kerry | Kerry Leads Senate in Special-Interest Money
The Washington Post reports that John Kerry has received the most special-interest money of any senator over the last 15 years. This while he is campaigning against special-interest influence.
Kerry, a 19-year veteran of the Senate who fought and won four expensive political campaigns, has received nearly $640,000 from lobbyists, many representing telecommunications and financial companies with business before his committee, according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
For his presidential race, Kerry has raised more than $225,000 from lobbyists, better than twice as much as his nearest Democratic rival. Like President Bush, Kerry has also turned to a number of corporate officials and lobbyists to “bundle” contributions from smaller donors, often in sums of $50,000 or more, records provided by his campaign show.
The response from Kerry’s camp:
“Senator Kerry has taken individual contributions from lobbyists, but that has not stopped him from fighting against special interests on behalf of average Americans,” said Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter. “If anyone thinks a contribution can buy Kerry’s vote, then they are wasting their money.”
Posted by Jeff M at January 31, 2004 05:30 PM
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