Antonio Delgado

Hip-hop singer-turned-corporate lawyer Antonio Delgado has pledged not to take corporate PAC money. Please do not be fooled by this — there are MANY ways to raise big money without relying on corporate PACs. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently made the same pledge, but the Center for Responsive Politics reports she still welcomes contributions from single-issue or ideological PACs (20% of campaign money she received throughout her political career). Delgado also stated “we need to get big money out of politics,” yet the CRP reported that Delgado had out-raised ALL NY19 candidates ($2,245,119 as of June 6), including Republican incumbent John Faso. (open secrets.org) I am sure he has – employees at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld have been the biggest contributors to Delgado’s campaign, donating $157,930 so far, which is 3 times as much as Senator Gillibrand, and he tops the list of 100 candidates nationwide, including Donald Trump! Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is the largest lobbying firm in the country, which lobbied in 2017 for Bain Capital, Philip Morris, The Domestic Petroleum Council, The American Bankers Association, Chevron, Pfizer, Monsanto, Amazon, the National Grid, UPS, and Volkswagen Group of America, according to U.S. House of Representatives lobbying disclosures. Akin Gump is also an international law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., with 19 offices and 900 lawyers, including Delgado. Delgado’s campaign website states that his second career as an attorney consisted of “fighting for what’s fair and just.” Yet he worked for major corporate clients, “which involved representing them in matters such as bankruptcy proceedings, contract disputes and a defamation suit. Delgado’s roster of clients included Keith Meister — an activist investor known as ‘Carl Icahn’s right-hand man’ — and a subsidiary of Friendfinder Networks, which owns more than 44,000 porn and hook-up websites around the globe. He represented Apollo Global Management, a major hedge fund that has been involved in a number of controversies not related to Delgado’s own work,” according to the Albany Times Union, which adds: “He represented major corporate clients while his campaign is preaching a populist economic message.” In addition, he also earned $329,000 in 2016 and $217,000 through July of 2017 working for Akin Gump, according to financial disclosures that also list between $390,000 and $990,000 in other assets, including a bank account with up to $500,000. He is the No. 1 “carpetbagger” among the candidates, having just moved into District 19 last year to run for Congress, and was able to afford a $539,500 house in upscale Rhinebeck, where many rich New York City people have second homes. Moreover, he registered as a Democrat just one month after moving to Rhinebeck! He previously lived in New Jersey, where in 2014 he quit the Democratic Party. And so far, I have received 12 different large multi-page glossy brochures in my postal mail from his campaign. Therefore, I do not believe he’s “representative” of us working class people, and though he says, “we need to get big money out of politics,” he apparently doesn’t believe that statement applies to his campaign. He has also received significant campaign support from the financial industry, and has had both the greatest amount and largest percentage of out-of-district contributions of any candidate in the race, according to data posted on the Center for Responsive Politics’ opensecrets.org. website. Think  about that – do we really want to elect a NY19 representative who received the vast majority of his campaign money from outside District 19? Moreover, do we really want yet another corporate lawyer in Congress?

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