Congressional Candidate Says He Wants Special Interest Money Out of Politics, Immediately Says He’ll Take Union Money

Sean Eldridge, the DCCC-endorsed candidate running in NY-19, spoke at the RFK Democratic Club meeting last week in Albany.  Eldridge is running against Republican Congressman Chris Gibson.

The Democrat began arguing that special interest money is drowning out the concerns of everyday people.  Eldridge claims he wants to run a “different kind of campaign.”

Minutes later at the same event, a concerned liberal donor asked, “Will you take contributions from labor unions?”

Eldridge: “Yes…that was easy!”

The Washington Free Beacon writes:

Eldridge, who is married to Facebook cofounder and “poke” button inventor Chris Hughes, neglected to mention all the money he has accepted from billionaires such as Tom Steyer, George Soros, Jon Stryker, Google’s Eric Schmidt, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Eldridge has attended Manhattan fundraisers hosted by Goldman Sachs executives, and has contributed more than $700,000 of his own money to his campaign. (That does not include the millions the Facebook couple has spent shopping for a suitable Congressional district for Eldridge to run in.)

And as far as moneyed “special interests” are concerned, Eldridge doesn’t seem to think labor unions fall under that label. He’s more than happy to take their money. Asked if he would at last week’s meeting, Eldridge replied: “Yes. That was easy.”

One special interest group Eldridge and his husband won’t accept money from is the National Republican Congressional Committee.  In November, he group paid for an ad to be placed in The New Republic.  The publication initially accepted, but upon further review refused to run the ad critical of Sean Eldridge.  Chris Hughes is the owner and publisher of The New Republic.  Hughes also just happens to be Eldridge’ husband.

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