Several Big Trade Associations Still Backing Election Objectors
Unlike corporate donors like AT&T Inc. that have stopped giving funds to these elected officials, only two of the top five trade associations have pledged to pause giving. None said they would permanently end donations. “That [a pause] to me is sort of the coward’s way out, and essentially meaningless,” said Trevor Potter, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission and legal counsel to the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., co-author of the last major piece of campaign finance legislation. “Right now is a lull. There are very few contributions. They’re not missing Washington fundraising breakfasts.”
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