PAC Money Flows Into Iowa Democrat’s Campaign

Iowa Democrat Theresa Greenfield used thousands of dollars from corporate-backed PACs and lobbyists on a new advertisement claiming she “refused corporate PAC money.”

Greenfield’s Senate campaign has received more than $230,000 from 33 leadership PACs bankrolled by corporations in her bid to unseat Sen. Joni Ernst (R.). The contributions include $33,500 in the second quarter of 2020, according to Greenfield’s latest financial disclosures. Those PACs have combined to accept more than $4 million in corporate money, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Greenfield has used the donations to flood the Hawkeye state with advertisements denouncing the influence of corporate money in politics. After stating in a June 19 ad that she does not “think politicians should put corporate interests ahead of you,” Greenfield released a new ad on July 15 that claims she “won’t take a dime in corporate PAC money, period.”

In addition to the hundreds of thousands from corporate-backed PACs, Greenfield has benefited from nearly $11 million from liberal outside groups. Many of those groups also received millions from corporations—the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), which has spent nearly $30,000 backing Greenfield, accepted $3 million from corporate PACs during the 2020 cycle alone. Top donors include pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and top insurance companies Blue Cross, UnitedHealth, Cigna, and Humana. The Iowa Democrat’s top lobbyist donors also have strong ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Forbes Tate Partners’ Jeffrey Forbes, who gave Greenfield $2,700 in June, has received $17.6 million in pharmaceutical lobbying contracts to date, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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