Vulnerable Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), who will face an uphill battle for re-election, has found a way around his “non-corporate PAC pledge.” Over the past 18 months, he has accepted campaign contributions from businesses and professional interest groups.
Malinowski, like many other members of Congress, created an arbitrary promise not to take PAC money before he was caught twisting his own words to build up a war chest. Ahead of the last election, in September 2020, Malinowski said he wouldn’t “take PAC money from corporations, so they don’t own it.”
In September 2020, he argued that it was okay to accept money from other members who accept money from the company, as the money does not come directly from the company. He affirmed his belief that a “corporate-free PAC pledge” is for him to be “able to say I owe them nothing, so I can make decisions based solely on what I think is good for my constituents.”
However, while he took at least $200,000 from other members and their executive PACs, he also took $43,000 from business interest groups, corporate lobbying giants and corporate lobbyists. individual company — all since he took his pledge in September 2020, according to the Washington Free Beacon, which first reported on it.
Since October 2020, Malinowski has accepted $8,250 from lobby group PAC Winning Strategies and Nelson Mullins. Both firms have represented major corporations such as BP, Google and Comcast. The Free Beacon wrote that since September 2020 it has also taken more than $22,000 from business and professional interest groups like the American Council of Engineering Companies and the National Confectioners Association – which have spent $479,000 on lobbying only last year.
As Breitbart News reported, Malinowski, who has also consistently opposed moves to make America energy independent again, received thousands in donations from a lobbyist for Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Since September 2020, Malinowski has accepted $8,600 from former Democratic state lawmaker Vincent Roberti.
Roberti runs a company that has earned millions of dollars lobbying for Nord Stream 2, the pipeline that would carry Russia’s national gas to Germany. In fact, Roberti’s contribution to the Malinowski campaign came just months before the Biden administration dropped sanctions on the controversial project.
Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter.