Seemingly every election cycle, there are always candidates who pledge to deny donations from corporations and PACs, which is an admirable promise, as in theory, it frees them from being indebted to such entities in the form of favors and policy positions later on.
But it’s only impressive if a candidate follows through on that promise and, according to Breitbart, another Democrat, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA), has not only broken her pledge to not accept PAC or corporate money but has reportedly deleted the pledge — which she took with 154 of her colleagues during the election — off of her official website.
“Cindy Axne tried to hoodwink Iowans into thinking she was better than other politicians. Unfortunately, this report reveals Axne is as swampy as they come,” said Mike Berg, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
Axne, who sits on the House Financial Services Committee and the Agriculture panel, started out with what appeared to be good intentions, as she reportedly returned a $1,500 PAC donation from Rock Holdings within one day of receiving the donation.
But later on, it appears as if the Iowa Democrat went the opposite direction, as a report from The Daily Beast revealed that Axne found plenty of ways to accept massive amounts of money from corporate executives, many of whom have their own PACs.
Axne reportedly “received tens of thousands of dollars from corporate executives—and hundreds of thousands of dollars from donors in the financial world.”
The second-term Democrat reportedly also received massive piles of cash to fill her campaign coffers from lobbyists and various other industry executives.
“She’s taken money from lobbyists, like Michael Williams, the founder of the Williams Group, a D.C. firm which registered to lobby Congress on behalf of seven major financial firms two weeks after Williams’ donation,” The Daily Beast noted.
She’s not the only one
Don’t expect to see it reported on CNN, MSNBC, or any other left-leaning media outlet, but Axne is far from the only Democrat to break a campaign promise to constituents to not end up beholden to corporate and PAC donors.
Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA), who claimed to reject “corporate PAC money,” has raked in huge amounts of money from a number of industries, including hedge funds, tech firms, and health firms, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) has also claimed she doesn’t accept “corporate PAC money,” yet she “still received maximum contributions from the leaders of major investment firms,” as The Daily Beast noted.
Notably — and hilariously ironic — Axne, Lamb, and Khanna are all co-sponsors of a House bill known as “Ban Corporate PACs Act.”