By Matt Rooney
Well, I’ll give the guy credit for having brass ones.
On Thursday, pro-tax hike House candidate Andy Kim (D-District of Columbia) dropped a new television spot titled “Service” which, if you know anything about Congressman Tom MacArthur’s NJ-03 challenger this cycle, would undoubtedly be more appropriately tiled “Shameless.”
Check it out, then I’ll catch you up on the other side (below):
Service is at the core of who I am. It's why I served both Democrats & Republicans & volunteered to go to Afghanistan to advise 4-star generals. It's why I'm not taking corporate PAC money while running for Congress. Watch & share our first TV ad: pic.twitter.com/8ebdaQPexq
— Andy Kim (@AndyKimNJ) August 23, 2018
We’ve heard him say this before, Save Jerseyans, the part about not taking “corporate” money at the end is b——t, folks.
A particularly cute one, too.
We reported back in March of this year how Kim’s campaign had accepted contributions from PACs and campaign committees which, for their part, have accepted large sums of corporate PAC cash. Here’s the list as of March:
AMERIPAC -> $5,000
Steny Hoyer for Congress -> $2,000
CA LUV PAC -> $1,000
Fair Shot PAC -> $1,000
Future Forum Pac -> $1,000
JOE PAC -> $1,000
Mark Takano for Congress -> $1,000
According to the FEC, the above listed PACs cumulatively raised approximately $2 million from corporate PACs as of our March 2018 report. The companies aren’t “liberal” darlings either. Oil, gas, and even ‘Big Pharma’ (don’t tell Bob Menendez supporters).
So Kim technically isn’t raking in corporate cash. Not directly.
He’s allowing intermediaries to accept the cash FOR him. They’re his middle men!
“For someone who claims they aren’t a politician, Andy Kim’s brazen hypocrisy and serial dishonesty about his fundraising tactics would put the most entrenched career politician to shame,” opined MacArthur campaign strategist and spokesman Chris Russell back in March. “Here are the facts: Andy Kim claims he’s not taking corporate PAC money, while simultaneously wheeling thousands of corporate dollars into his account through third parties. Now he’s compounding that lie by attacking his own fundraising tactics as ‘morally repugnant’ and saying they should be illegal, but with no indication he plans to change his own behavior.”
New Jersey already has enough politicians who play games with the truth. They exist in both parties. They’re the reason why this state’s taxpayers get the worst bang for their buck of any Americans in all fifty states.
Do we really need another?