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How to buy influence: the ex-Senator version

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John B. Breaux is the former Democratic senator from Louisiana who left that august body in 2005 after not seeking re-election in 2004. But he lingers on. Or, rather, his money and its influence lingers on.

Read on. Dessert’s at the end.

On June 10, 2003, then-Sen. Breaux made a $15,000 donation to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from his “leadership” PAC (see definition), Mainstream America PAC.

On June 30, 2003, he gave $1,000 to Friends of Blanche Lincoln, the Democratic senator from Arkansas.

On March 27, 2003, he gave $5,000 to committee of Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.).

On Nov. 17, 2003, he gave $1,000 to the Friends of Chris Dodd, the Democratic senator from Connecticut.

On. Oct. 27, 2003, he gave $1,000 to Inez Tenenbaum, a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for a Senate seat from South Carolina.

On Oct. 9, 2003, he gave $2,500 to People for Patty Murray. She’s a Democratic senator from Washington.

On Dec. 10, 2003, he gave $500 to Tony Knowles, an Alaskan Democrat who lost a Senate challenge to Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

On April 15, 2004, he gave $500 to Vic Snyder, a Democratic congressman from Arkansas.

In 2002, Breaux’s leadership PAC gave $23,000 to Democratic House candidates. It gave $108,000 to Democratic Senate candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

In 2000, his PAC gave $9,500 to Democratic House candidates and $64,000 to Democratic Senate candidates.

On June 15, 2006, former Sen. John B. Breaux registered as a lobbyist for the U.S. India Business Council with the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Think he’ll have trouble getting legislators to take his calls?


Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

June 20, 2006 at 4:42 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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