In 2010, Paul Tonko (D-NY) railed against Republicans that “huddled with lobbyists” against Wall Street reform. In 2012, he hammered Republicans for standing with “D.C. lobbyists to continue wasteful spending with no end in sight.” He signed a MoveOn.org pledge to fight corporate corruption brought on by lobbyists. He sponsored a bill recently to limit campaign contributions from lobbyists and special interests.
Despite that track record, Paul Tonko and Nancy Pelosi will be holding a $5,200 per head fundraiser … in the home of two prominent lobbyists.
Via the Times Union:
After talking up the House Democrats’ economic plan to boost women in the workplace in Albany on Sunday, House Minority Nancy Pelosi will head to the Loudonville home of Cynthia Shenker and Jim Campbell to fundraise for U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko.
The event on Colonial Green will also feature U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and Doris Matsui and Jackie Speier of California, according to a copy of the invite obtained by CapCon.
Tickets run from $1,000 to $5,200.
Shenker is a lobbyist in Albany with the firm Wilson Elser, and Campbell is a lobbyist for the State University of New York.
Business Review wrote, “Say Wilson Elser in downtown Albany and one word comes to mind: lobbying.”
Tonko is facing a challenge from Republican Jim Fischer, over whom he has nearly 12 times as much campaign cash on hand. Tonko also enjoys a 72,000+ Democrat lead in registered voters in New York’s 20th congressional district.
Since 2008, Tonko has consistently outraised his opponents.
For his career, Tonko has accepted nearly $75,000 from lobbyists.
Pelosi meanwhile, has accepted over half a million dollars from lobbyists.
We assure you however, that Pelosi and Tonko both want money out of politics. Just not their politics.