Corporate PACs are increasing their contributions to several Democrats who are in line to lead powerful committees if their party retakes the House in November, another sign of the burgeoning expectations for Democrats’ showing in the midterms. …
Contributions from lobbyists and corporate PACs are the lifeblood of Washington fundraising, and many Democratic lawmakers say there’s nothing wrong with accepting such contributions to help retake the House.
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), who’s in line to become chairman of the House Rules Committee if Democrats control the chamber next year, raised about $139,000 from corporate PACs for his campaign and his leadership PAC, Mac PAC, in the first six months of this year — 38 percent more than he brought in during the first half of 2016. But he doesn’t believe the checks he’s accepted from PACs affiliated with companies such as Amazon, General Mills and Boeing make him any more sympathetic to their interests. …
The money is a tiny fraction of the hundreds of millions — if not billions — of dollars that will be spent on the battle for control of the House. But the uptick shows big business eyeing the chances that Democrats could win in November and trying to make early inroads with potential party leaders. The contributions could help Democrats on their way to control of the House — but also could exacerbate tension within the party’s ranks over its relationship with corporate PACs.
To Everything There is a Season
And a time for every purpose under heaven.
Now, in my view, is the time for corporate money flowing to Democrats. They badly need us, because their own Republican politicians did not stay bought. And we need them, acting in their own selfish interest, to drive a stake into the heart of Trumpism.