Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. received donations from health care groups and technology giants, and gave money to more than a dozen fellow Democrats, including some in vulnerable seats, a new filing for his leadership political action committee shows.
The New Jersey Democrat, vying for the ranking member slot on the Energy and Commerce Committee in a closely-contested race, raised $116,000 for Shore PAC in the month of March. Among the groups giving money were Microsoft, AT&T, Comcast and NBC Universal.
Pallone also racked up cash from health care groups, including the American Medical Association, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Hospital Association, American Psychiatric Association, American College of Cardiology, American College of Surgeons Professional Association and the American Academy of Neurology.
Pallone’s rival for the panel position to replace retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Anna G. Eshoo of California, raised $203,000 over the quarter, a longer filing period, for her leadership PAC. Her donations mostly came from high-tech and telecommunication firms.
Eshoo also gave to many in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline program for vulnerable members. Members who received donations from Eshoo’s PAC include Rahall, Ruiz, Sinema, John F. Tierney of Massachusetts and Ami Bera of California.
Peninsula PAC was required to file with the FEC by the April 15 quarterly deadline. Pallone’s PAC had until April 20 to submit receipts and disbursements. FEC rules allow leadership PACs to choose the frequency of their filing each calendar year, which is why Eshoo and Pallone’s reports are not for the same time period.
Pallone late last week was the guest of honor at a dinner hosted by several members of the Congressional Black Caucus. He also has the support of Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., in part because he’s the No. 3 Democrat and the party gives significant deference to seniority when doling out panel assignments.
Eshoo is the fifth most senior Democrat on the panel.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.