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Left to right: Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr., and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick at a press conference in Trenton on June 21, 2018. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.)

Steinhardt smacks Malinowski for taking money originating from corporate PACs

By David Wildstein, September 21 2020 10:50 am

Republicans are disputing Rep. Tom Malinowski’s assertion that his refusal to take corporate PAC money allows him to be independent, saying that he takes lobbyist and leadership PAC contributions that are funded by corporate PACs.

Malinowski launched a new cable TV ad on Monday touting his policy not to take corporate PAC donations.

“Congressman Malinowski is peddling a lie to his constituents about his independence and refusal to take corporate PAC money,” said Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt. “The truth is, Malinowski takes money from lobbyists and Leadership PACs that are funded by corporate PACs. He has a nearly identical voting record with Nancy Pelosi. He is a career Washington insider who always puts himself first. He is the furthest thing from independent.”

Steinhardt cites a report from the independent Political Money Line that says Malinowski has accepted $138,000 from leadership PACs headed by other Democrats, many of whom accept corporate PAC money.

The Malinowski campaign disputed Steinhardt’s allegation.

“Tom Malinowski has a policy of not taking a penny from corporations, and therefore never asks for contributions from their PACs and never has a reason to feel indebted to them,” said Benji Schwartz, a spokesman for Malinowski. “Tom Kean has no such compunctions — he directly solicits money from corporations like Koch Industries and Allergan, and his voting record on issues like lowering drug prices makes clear he is working for them. If Steinhardt doesn’t get the difference, then he doesn’t get or care about how corruption works in America.”

Included in that amount is $10,000 from Pelosi’s PAC to the Future.

“He has a nearly identical voting record with Nancy Pelosi,” Steinhardt said.  “He is a career Washington insider who always puts himself first. He is the furthest thing from independent.”

This story was updated at 5:34 PM with comment from Schwartz.

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