Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., decries big money in politics, but her presidential campaign treasurer embodies it, The Center for Public Integrity is reporting.
“Corruption, the influence of money, touches every decision that gets made in Washington,” Warren said at a campaign rally last week in Virginia. “Whatever issue brought you here today, I guarantee if there’s a decision to be made in Washington, it’s been touched, pushed, massaged, tilted over, just a little, so the folks with money do better than everyone else.”
But a headline for a 2007 profile in The Boston Globe dubbed her now-treasurer, Paul Egerman a “personal PAC man.” The profile noted Egerman, a self-made millionaire, and his wife Joanne, had donated more than $1 million to support numerous election campaigns, including Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign.
And according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Center for Responsive Politics data, Egerman and his wife have now given more than $8.4 million to various Democratic candidates and PACs since 1995.
Egerman donated $920,000 during the 2017-2018 election cycle to super PACs Planned Parenthood Votes and Senate Majority PAC, Public Integrity said, citing Federal Election.
In 2014, Egerman hosted a Democratic fundraiser attended by then-President Barack Obama, Public Integrity said. Each person was charged an entry price of $32,400, according to The Boston Globe.
Egerman declined to answer specific questions when reached by Public Integrity. But he said: “Elizabeth doesn’t do high-dollar fundraisers or call time, but I encourage anyone who supports her to help in any way they can.”
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