Letter: Stefanik Takes PAC Money, Cobb Doesn’t

We, the people of NY-21, should finance our own campaigns. Elect neighbors who will represent our interests and not those of the super-rich from far away. Preserve our democracy. Vote for Tedra Cobb in November.


The influence of money and special interests are a danger to our democracy in Washington and here in the North Country, too.

Elise Stefanik, the incumbent representative of the North Country in Congress, receives the vast majority of her campaign contributions of $1.9 million from “Political Action Committees” and wealthy individuals and organizations outside the North Country.

Top campaign contributors revealed on the Federal Elections Commission website include: Billionaire hedge fund owners who reap hundreds of millions in untaxed earnings from the “carryover interest” exclusion; the nation’s largest defense contractors — Raytheon, Boeing, Palantir; Koch Industries, the largest oil and gas industry infrastructure firm in the country; Political Action Committees funded by the super-rich; and the owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

At the same time, Stefanik does not rely heavily on individual contributions from citizens within the district to fund her campaign. FEC data show that for the 12 months ending June 30, 2018, Stefanik received 201 “itemized” contributions from individuals within the district, totaling $89,149. That is under 10 percent of the total of $1.58 million raised in that 12 months.

In contrast, the opponent, Tedra Cobb, for the same period, reported 914 “itemized” contributions from individuals within the district that totaled $227,223. Individuals were the source of the vast majority of Cobb’s contributions. Furthermore, Cobb is not accepting corporate PAC money.

We, the people of NY-21, should finance our own campaigns. Elect neighbors who will represent our interests and not those of the super-rich from far away. Preserve our democracy. Vote for Tedra Cobb in November.

Robert Penski, Colton

From a Letter to the Editor originally posted in the Post Star, dated August 7, 2018.

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