Today, the UAW endorsed the Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate, Ned Lamont, at a noon-hour press conference at their Region 9A headquarters in Farmington. Before the August 8 Primary, members had met with both Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont and concluded that Lamont was the candidate to support, citing his stance on issues like NAFTA and universal healthcare. Those issues, according to Region 9A director Bob Madore, “are two of the top issues affecting our membership.”
To show that their money is where there mouth is, Madore presented Lamont with one of those giant Publisher’s Clearinghouse style checks for $5,000 and a promise that there was likely to be more where that came from. Lamont, of course, has sworn off PAC contributions and when asked by a reporter if he planned to accept the UAW check, he answered the way I expected him to: “No.”
Hardly skipping a beat, Madore chimed in, “We will give him 5,000 bodies to knock on doors.” (see update below)
I think you’ll enjoy the video…I can’t get enough of Bob Madore! Watch and listen to him go after Joe Lieberman for his selfish run as the “Connecticut for Lieberman” candidate.
Because I didn’t have a mic on everyone in the room, I have adapted questions asked of Lamont and Madore by the press and inserted them into the video as text on a black screen. The exception is the question about PAC contributions, because the reporter was standing immediately to my left.
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Didn’t Ned Lamont accept $5,000 from Hillary Clinton’s PAC?
Does he make an exception for leadership PACs?
I received a reply from the Lamont campaign about what happens to PAC contributions. They are either returned or with the blessing of the donor are forwarded to the Connecticut Democratic Party. I did not ask about the fate of Hillary’s donation specifically.
Update II: BranfordBoy has much more on PACs. It looks like commenter Eric was on to something with the question about leadership PACs, because it turns out that Ned does accept contributions from leadership PACs. Read BranfordBoy’s entire post–I refuse to blockquote because it’s a quick read and I think it’s important that you take the time to do so. Goreaditnow!