#NCSEN: More Hagan ‘Out-of-State’ Money Hypocrisy

Yesterday I noted an article in the Daily Haymaker mentioning Kay Hagan attending a fundraiser to assist her in 2014 thrown by Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and contrasted that with Hagan’s obsessive fundraising emails about the Koch brothers and out-of-state money. It seems Hagan had no problem in the past accepting funds from a PAC run by a Japanese holding company too.  *Note – There is an update to this article at the bottom.

Today, let’s talk about American Chemistry Council.  They’ve just released an ad praising Hagan and it is running in North Carolina right now. From the American Chemistry Council press page:

ACC Commends Senator Hagan for Supporting Economic Growth and Job Creation
Contact: Anne Kolton (202) 249-6500
Email: anne_kolton@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (August 5, 2013) – Today, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) launched advertisements commending Senator Kay Hagan for her support of policies that will grow the economy and create jobs in the Tar Heel State.

“As representatives of one of America’s largest manufacturing industries, ACC and its members want to acknowledge Senator Hagan’s leadership on issues that encourage strong domestic energy policy, support small businesses and promote rational, science-based chemical regulation—policies that will foster innovation, stimulate our economy and put people in the state and across the country in good-paying jobs,” explained Cal Dooley, President and CEO of ACC.

Dooley added, “In a time when so much of the political discourse in America is negative, it’s important to highlight the positive work Senator Hagan is doing to promote the two most important issues facing our country – economic growth and job creation.”

The advertisements will run in several media markets, including Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilson, Nash County, Clinton and Morgan City, for three weeks and will encourage constituents to contact the Senator’s office to tell her to keep up the good work.

Yes, keep up the good work Kay. Bring more huge lobbying firms to your aid. Once again, out-of-state money only is bad when if it isn’t going to you. I don’t see her rushing out to denounce this well-funded, out-of-state group’s support…for her.

About American Chemistry Council (ACC) via Open Secrets:

  • They are based in Washington, D.C. and represent close to 150 chemical corporations.
  • ACC is a member of  the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In fact, they were a big donor in 2011 to ALEC’s States & Nation Policy Summit.
  • 41 Lobbyists; 31 of which are revolving door lobbyists and one is a former Congressman.
  • The top two places ACC lobbies are the Senate and House of Representatives.
  • The top bill they lobbied for was the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, HR 624. The bill is now sitting with the Select Committee on Intelligence after being read twice by the Senate. Oddly enough, Hagan’s NC counterpart, Richard Burr sits on that committee.  View who else lobbied for 624 here. Bill text here.
  • People in Oregon are not fond of the “Out-of-state Corporate Lobbyists“.
  • ACC is also promoting Mitch McConnell in Kentucky with similar ads. Seems they either like hedging their bets or keeping certain incumbents in place.

It’s worth noting that do date, the top 20 biggest donors to Hagan are a who’s who of big business both in North Carolina and nationally.  Of that 20, only 1 did not have lobbyists for their firm giving money to either her campaign committee or leadership PAC. One of her bigger donors with $76,071 is Lorillard, Inc. — Big Tobacco group in Greensboro, NC who spent $2,350,000 in lobbying in 2012. 9 of Lorillard’s 14 lobbyists held government jobs at one point.

See who else is giving Kay Hagan money at Open Secrets.

*UPDATE: Only an hour after publishing this article, I received the fundraising email below.

Thank you to the Tarheel Report and Sister Toldjah for linking!

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About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a reporter currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_ Tips: APDillon@Protonmail.com
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