“Lobbyists and CEOs have too much power in Washington. That’s got to change so we can help working people,” Carson says in his ad, yet in 2008, his campaign has taken large amounts of money from PACs, Washington, D.C.-based lobbyists and corporate executives leaving the average voter to ask how can he possibly expect
to reduce their power in Washington?
This year, according to FEC reports for the March 11 primary, the Carson campaign has accepted more than $100,500 from 30 Political Action Committees including those representing the American Bankers Association, Mortgage Bankers Association, AT&T, Navistar, and the Florida Sugar Cane League. The campaign has also accepted at least $1,550 from at least six corporate executives from CitiGroup, JPMorgan Chase, Oracle and NASDAQ. And D.C-based lobbyists working on behalf of Verizon, Clear Channel, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce among others have contributed at least $2,000 to the Carson campaign.
These special interests, in total, have spent at least $104,050 on Andre Carson’s candidacy.
“Indiana’s 7th District deserves to have a leader whose actions back up their words,” said Andrea Hailey, Myers for Congress Campaign Manager. “We can’t afford someone who says CEOs and lobbyists have too much power yet relies on them to bankroll their campaign.”
Things are starting to heat up. This race among the Democrats in the 7th District race could get quite interesting, particularly in light of poll results showing Myers running closely behind State Rep. David Orentlicher and Carson.