Congressional Democrats behind legislation that would ban corporations from operating political action committees (PAC) took large campaign checks in 2021 and 2022 from PACs funded by major corporations, records show.
California Rep. Josh Harder in April 2021 introduced the Ban Corporate PACs Act, which has been co-sponsored by Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, New Hampshire Rep. Chris Pappas, Maine Rep. Jared Golden and California Rep. Mike Levin. However, these same lawmakers have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars combined from Democratic leadership PACs backed by corporations, according to federal campaign records reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
In addition to prohibiting corporations from operating PACs, Harder’s bill one year after being enacted would dissolve existing corporate PACs. It is unclear in the months ahead whether more Democrats intend to back the bill, which has stalled and not received widespread support.