Cotton PAC contributes to Russellville band's inaugural trip | Arkansas Blog

Friday, December 30, 2016

Cotton PAC contributes to Russellville band's inaugural trip

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 10:24 AM

HEADED TO WASHINGTON: The Russellville Cyclone Band, with help from corporate money funneled through Sen. Tom Cotton's PAC, will be marching in the inaugural parade.
  • HEADED TO WASHINGTON: The Russellville Cyclone Band, with help from corporate money funneled through Sen. Tom Cotton's PAC, will be marching in the inaugural parade.

Sen.Tom Cotton
has announced his "leadership PAC,"  special interest money that many politicians accumulate for political purposes, will contribute $10,000 to the $135,000 cost of the Russellville High School band's participation in the Jan. 20 inaugural parade for Donald Trump.

The only leadership PAC for Cotton whose records I can locate are those of the Rangers Lead the Way, though it has termination papers on file with the FEC in 2015 and little activity in 2016.  But by way of illustration on how the leadership PAC system works:

Open Secrets.org of the Center for Responsive Politics has the details for Rangers Lead the Way. It says its top contributors in the 2014 and 2016 cycles were, in order, PACs or individual contributors of the Alpine Group (Washington lobbying firm), American Bankers Association, American Dental Association, Automotive Free International Trade PAC, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers, Koch Industries, McKinsey & Co., Bank of America, Regions Financial, Compass Bancshares, Altria Group (tobacco).

Money can be given annually to leadership PACS, where PACs and other contributors can give only once per election to regular campaign committees.

If Cotton is draining swamp money for a cause, there are many worse than the Russellville Cyclone Band. It reports on its Facebook page having $52,000 in hand. The band also marched in 1997 at the inauguration of Bill Clinton to a second term.

Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (14)

Showing 1-14 of 14

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-14 of 14

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

    What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.
    • Apr 27, 2017
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation