Colorado’s Lawmakers In Washington Use leadership PACs To Raise Extra Cash From Big-Moneyed Interests

The Colorado Sun

Top donors to Colorado lawmakers’ federal leadership PACs include several that make Issue One’s top donor list of corporate PACs in a report issued last year, including Honeywell International, United Parcel Service and Raytheon. But PACs operated by Ernst & Young, Union Pacific and the Investment Company Institute also contributed to Colorado lawmakers, as did insurance, health care and pharmaceutical interests. The goal is to influence lawmakers as they consider legislation. Leadership PACs don’t get much attention, said Campaign Legal Center’s Brendan Fischer, an attorney who works on federal elections issues. “Controversial sources of contributions can be given to a politician’s leadership PAC while escaping scrutiny,” he said.

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