Today, at 5PM EST, Patrick Tiberi (R-OH-12) will officially resign from Congress to take reins of the Ohio Business Roundtable.
The son of Italian immigrants will have spent 17 years on one side of the table — taking money from lobbyists … err, campaign contributions from appreciative donors.
Now, Mr. Tiberi will be on the other side … telling his lobbyists where to send their money.
Fun Fact : the Ohio Business Roundtable has employed lobbyists who have contributed to the Friends of Erik Paulsen campaign in past elections.
Mr. Tiberi will be leaving Congress while still controlling his Leadership PAC.
Leadership PACs are designed for two things: to make money and to make friends, both of which are crucial to ambitious politicians looking to advance their agenda.
Mr. Tiberi’s PAC is the Pioneer PAC … and as of last reporting had free cash of $676,293 (that included a donation from the LaTourette for Congress Committee … FYI – Steve LaTourette was an Ohio Congressman who retired in 2013 and died in 2016 … yet his campaign committee lived on.)
Last cycle, Mr. Tiberi’s Pioneer PAC reported receipt of …$1,478,550 from such notable names as medical device maker Abbott Labs, brewer Anheuser-Busch, for-profit education’s Bridgepoint Education, net neutrality opponent Comcast, Koch Industries, and many others.
The 2016 election was about as uncompetitive as possible for Mr. Tiberi … winning over 66% of the vote with the Democrat unable to crack the 30% barrier.
Clearly, Mr. Tiberi did not need any campaign cash … but the lobbyists wanted to make sure he would be open to their pleas.
Meanwhile, Presidential candidate Donald Trump was peddling a message — “I want the entire, corrupt Washington establishment to hear us, immediately, when we say — when we win on November 8th, we are going to Washington, D.C. and we are going to drain the swamp. Drain the swamp.”
Yep, Patrick Tiberi is gone … leaving an opening someone to step up and replace him as Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee … and Speaker Ryan has made an announcement so that the lobbyists know where to send their checks
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 11, 2018
Yep, Minnesota’s Third District “Representative” Erik Paulsen probably won’t have much time for town hall meetings as he will be busy processing campaign contributions.
For comparison sake, “Representative” Paulsen has his own Leadership PAC … called ICE PAC.
In 2017, ICE PAC reported contributions of $96,500 … with recent contributions (December 27, 2017) from WINE AND SPIRITS WHOLESALERS OF AMERICA, INC. POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (hey guess who “Representative” Paulsen just got a tax cut included in the bill that President Trump signed on December 22, 2017?)
Drain the Swamp ?
Nah, let’s remember the words of Republican Jeff Flake “Where much is given, much is required. You’re given dues, assessments, and if you’re a senior member on committees that lend themselves to fundraising, and you’re either a ranking member or a chairman, then you’re expected to raise a lot of money.”
Expect to see less of Erik Paulsen (oh don’t worry, he will still show up at elementary schools and for beer tastings) and to see the coffers of ICE PAC swell.