Joe Cunningham: Broken Campaign Finance Promises

October 11, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC —  Liberal Democrat Joe Cunningham said last week, in a news story about his opaque tax returns, “But I’ve never taken a dime from…special interests, I’m beholden to no one but the people of the state.”

This recycled idea is something Joe is known for promising – but not delivering on.

In 2018, he took to Facebook and wrote, “Lobbyists and corporations have had a stranglehold over American politics for far too long. That’s why I’m not taking their money. In Congress, I will be accountable to you and you alone.”

But Cunningham has received at least $81,422 from lobbyists. (Center For Responsive Politics, Accessed 6/26/21).

“The hallmark of a liberal Washington politician is hypocrisy, and Joe Cunningham is a hypocrite of the highest order,” said Mark Knoop, McMaster-Evette campaign manager. “He promised not to take money from lobbyists and special interests, but he did it anyway – and he never apologized to the grassroots activists he promised would propel his campaign. If we can’t trust Joe to keep campaign promises, how can we trust him at all?”

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