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Democrat In High-Stakes Race Who Says She’s ‘Not Beholden’ To Corporate Interests Raked In Lobbyist Cash

The Democratic candidate for Maryland’s Senate race has repeatedly distanced herself from corporate interests, but scores of corporate lobbyists are flooding her campaign with cash.

April 26 Democratic Senate candidate Angela Allsbrooks said She said she was “not beholden to the interests of big corporations like Big Oil, Big Pharma, and the Big Gun Lobby,” a sentiment echoed in her fundraising email. Despite her stance, Alsobrooks’ campaign raised well over $100,000 from dozens of lobbyists, including representatives from the pharmaceutical and fossil fuel industries. show.

In addition to denouncing corporate interests, Albrooks also promised to “stand up against deep-pocketed and powerful special interests” if elected to the Senate. according to Submit to December 2023 Fundraising Email. But some lobbyists working to represent these interests have donated to her campaign. (Related: Maryland Democrats select Angela Alsobrooks to face Larry Hogan in Senate race)

The top lobbyists who have donated thousands of dollars to Mr. Albrooks’ campaign have represented Big Pharma, Big Tech, Big Tobacco, Big Defense contractors, fossil fuel interests and other large corporations.

Jeffrey Forbes founding partner At Forbes Tate, donated $3,3000 for Mr. Alsobrooks’ campaign, who worked for a pharmaceutical company.Forbes counted Novartiscompanies that manufacture COVID-19 vaccines and other pharmaceutical products, and alexion pharmaceutical Various information has been disclosed about some of his clients at the time when he donated to Allsbrooks.

Also represented by Forbes Artoriaa major tobacco company at the time of his donation, for which he began lobbying. RTX, Previously Raytheon made the donation several months later, according to the disclosure. Mary Stanton, Invariant principal, said: another Allsbrooks donor donates to Democratic Senate candidate lobbying activities For Raytheon.

mike mckayCEO and managing partner of lobbying firm Empire Consulting Group. greatest contribution He participated in the Alsobrooks campaign while representing the interests of pharmaceutical companies.Includes McKay customers Gilead Sciences, amgen andAmerican Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturerprimary Industry group For the American pharmaceutical industry, according to the disclosure.

Other large companies Mr. McKay has worked with include: Fox Co., Ltd., coca cola and Nikeand the disclosure shows.

Records show Johnson & Johnson lobbyist Larry Kamm donated $250 to Allbrooks. show. Sara Venuto, a lobbyist for the American Natural Gas Alliance, also donated $250 to Alsobrooks. according to To disclosure.

Tate Mitchell, a spokesperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told the Daily Caller News Foundation that “politicians like Angela Allsbrooks have been criticized for bashing special interests and using their own funds for campaign contributions.” “It’s hard to know which one they would prefer to use,” he told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “This kind of hypocrisy is why voters are tired of Washington politics as usual.”

Big tech lobbyists also liked Oldsbrooks.

Chris Randall and brian riceBoth Mehta lobbyists donated about $7,000 combined to Allsbrooks, disclosures show. Adrian Boafo is a lobbyist working for Oracle. Gave Her $500.

Larry Hogan (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Despite Mr. Albrooks’ financial ties to corporate influence; accused In a February fundraising email, he accused “corporate special interests” of trying to turn Maryland over to Republicans.

Maryland is not typically a Republican-friendly district, as it has historically been won by Democrats. president and senator Election by double digit margin. But Republicans nominated former Gov. Larry Hogan, a popular moderate who has done everything possible to distance himself from former President Donald Trump.

multiple poll The results show that Mr. Hogan has a lead over his Democratic opponents in Maryland, and some Republicans are confident that Mr. Hogan can flip the state.

The Albrooks campaign did not respond to DCNF’s request for comment.

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