ICYMI: Warnock Lied About Taking PAC Money

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

ATLANTA – Today, Team Herschel released the following statement after a new report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows that Raphael Warnock lied about taking corporate PAC money.

“Warnock eschewed corporate PAC donations in his runoff race and said he planned to do so again.

‘I’m not taking a cent of corporate PAC money — and unlike the GOP’s megadonors, I don’t have millions to sink into my campaign,’ he wrote in a fundraising appeal on Twitter in June 2021.

But although Warnock’s campaign is not as heavily reliant on corporate dollars as many of his counterparts, he hasn’t avoided them completely.

He has received thousands of dollars from political committees controlled by other Democratic lawmakers, and those committees are often funded heavily by corporate dollars. For example, New Jersey U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez donated $5,000 to Warnock on Sept. 30 via his New Millennium PAC. Dozens of companies, ranging from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to aerospace and defense contractor Northrop Grumman, have cut checks to that entity.

Warnock also has collected checks from political committees tied to labor unions and industry groups, such as the agriculture co-op representing beet sugar farmers, the American Crystal Sugar Co., and the National Association of Realtors’ political committee.

He also has received donations from lobbying firms that represent corporations. Holland & Knight donated $5,000 to the campaign in August; its lengthy client list includes United HealthGroup, a major health care and insurance company, and InterContinental Hotels Group, according to the OpenSecrets database.”

“Raphael Warnock is lying through his teeth,” said campaign spokesman Will Kiley. “Warnock said he wouldn’t take corporate PAC money and then turned around and took corporate PAC money. He lied to Georgians about taking PAC money, his support for Joe Biden, and his church evicting poor tenants. In five days, Georgians will make it perfectly clear that they are sick and tired of their failed Senator Reverend.”