Senator Blunt and his campaign team have affectionately referred to their campaign supporters as the “Blunt Brigade.”
The real driving force behind Senator Blunt’s campaign – the real Blunt Brigade – is the network of Washington insiders and lobbyists that have funded Senator Blunt’s various campaigns and have influenced his anti-middle class agenda.
Throughout his political career, Senator Blunt has taken nearly $1.4 million in campaign contributions from lobbyists. He’s also provided them with a second home—over the years, 35 staffers from Senator Blunt’s office, including his former Chief of Staff, have used the revolving door to become a lobbyist after leaving his office or to transition to his staff directly from lobbying.
Last year alone, nearly 40 percent of Senator Blunt’s campaign contributions came from PACs and special interest groups. That’s in spite of Senator Blunt’s one-time pledge to not take more than 10% of his contributions from PACs because they were used by special interests to “buy elections.” If Senator Blunt is right, then his campaign has been bought and paid for in Washington by the Blunt Brigade.
Check back each week to learn more about the Blunt Brigade and some of its most prominent members.
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