Sen. Blumenthal’s PAC $ From Communications Industry
Posted at 12:39 p.m. on July 31, 2013
A former state attorney general who has sued many “special interests” appears to be comfortable taking PAC contributions from communications companies that his Senate committee regulates.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., joined the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee at the beginning of this year and sits on the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet.
Blumenthal’s campaign committee and leadership PAC, Nutmeg PAC, have reported receiving the following PAC contributions: AT&T Inc. Federal PAC $2,000; Comcast Corporation PAC $2,500; Cox Enterprises PAC $1,000; Echostar Corporation & Dish Network PAC $1,500; National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. PAC $5,000; National Telecommunications Cooperative Assn. Telecommunications Education Committee $1,000; News America Holdings Inc.-Fox PAC $2,000; T-Mobile USA Inc. PAC $1,000; Time Warner Inc. PAC $1,000; Universal Music Group PAC $1,000; United States Telecom Assn. PAC $1,000; Walt Disney Productions Employees PAC $1,500; among others.
When Blumenthal announced he was running for the U.S. Senate in 2010 he stated, “I’ve never taken PAC money and I have rejected all special interest money because I have stood strong and have taken legal action against many of those special interests.” Note that this statement was about the past, and he didn’t say he wouldn’t take PAC money in the future. He later decided to take PAC money in his 2010 Senate race, receiving more than $675,000 from interest group PACs.