Hagedorn Has Spent Time In Congress Doing the Bidding of Corporate Special Interests
Hagedorn took $32,000 from Wall Street in 2018. Once in Congress, Hagedorn fought tooth and nail for Wall Street.
Since elected, Hagedorn has called for the repeal of Dodd-Frank, worked to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and voted to make it more difficult for consumers to sue banks that have wronged Americans across the country.
Days after taking $2,000 from the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR), Hagedorn cosponsored a bill IPCPR had lobbied in favor of. The bill, H.R. 1854, was widely regarded as “critical” to the industry.
Hagedorn Is Funded By Washington’s Wealthiest Special Interest Megadonors
Over the course of his career, Hagedorn has taken over $100,000 in corporate PAC money.
Hagedorn’s campaign has relied on big donations from some of the country’s most prominent special interest donors, including billionaires Sheldon and Miriam Adelson and Bernard and Billi Marcus. Marcus was President Trump’s second largest campaign donor in 2016.
Additional donors to Hagedorn’s 2018 campaign include Ronald Cameron, a major donor to the Koch Brothers Network, and Richard Uihlein, the third largest political megadonor in the country. Hagedorn also received $10,000 from Koch Industries.
Hagedorn took $5,000 from Citizens United, the conservative organization whose lawsuit helped spawn the creation of Super PACs and the onslaught of unlimited and undisclosed money in American elections.
Hagedorn’s 2018 Campaign Relied on Dark Money Super PACs for Victory
Over $7 million was spent by outside groups working to elect Hagedorn in 2018. $6.9 million of this was used to target his opponent, ECU-endorsed candidate Dan Feehan.
The corporate-backed, dark money Super PAC the Congressional Leadership Fund spent $1.7 million to help elect Hagedorn during the 2018 cycle.
The Congressional Leadership Fund receives donations from tobacco companies, video game manufacturers, and other corporate special interest groups and wealthy megadonors. Most of the Super PAC’s money comes from company treasuries and the organization’s nonprofit arm, which does not reveal its donors.
The Super PAC America First Action spent over $1.7 million aiding Hagedorn and opposing Dan Feehan. The same organization actively worked to slash corporate tax rates and raise taxes for the middle class.