Special Interests Give Tiberi Over $322,000
PAC contributions account for 54% of filing
Columbus Ohio: The Shamansky for Congress campaign today blasted Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-Genoa Twp) for deriving more than 54% of his campaign contributions this past quarter from special interest Political Action Committees (PACs). On July 14th Tiberi?s re-election campaign committee filed a report with the Federal Elections Commission showing that of the $375,892.39 total amount raised by the Committee from May 13th to June 30th, 2006, more than $194,000 came from special interest groups. When contributions from individuals employed by or with other ties to those same interest groups are added in, Tiberi?s special interest contributions rise to $322,000 and account for well over 80% of the money he raised last quarter.
?Why would banking, securities, and finance industry big-shots give Pat Tiberi more than $114,000? Because they know he?ll toe the line and vote the way they want him to, just as he did last week when he was one of only 17 Republicans to vote against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act,? said Drew Tappan, Shamansky?s campaign manager.
?Does anyone really believe that the insurance company interests who gave Mr. Tiberi $28,000 gave him that money because they were interested in ?good government?? Or did they help fill his campaign war chest because they knew he?d protect their profits instead of promoting meaningful health care reform that would help his constituents? What do medical and pharmaceutical interests expect in return for the money they give Mr. Tiberi? They expect that he?ll vote —as he did — to prohibit Medicare from negotiating the lowest possible prices for prescription drugs under the so-called Medicare prescription drug ?benefit? plan.
?And you know, all of these interest groups are exactly right —–they?ve bought themselves a loyal friend. In fact, the only losers in these transactions are the 12th district consumers and their families who get sold down the river. Bob Shamansky is running for Congress because when it comes to special interests, he thinks 12th district voters need a watch dog, not a lap dog.?
?Bob will work hard for the people who elected him, not become the darling of the special interest groups. And that means standing up for 12th district consumers and families, even if it puts less money into his campaign coffers. Why? Because it?s the right thing to do.?
Bob Shamansky is a lifelong Central Ohio resident, lawyer, and local businessman. He served as a Special Agent in the United States Army?s Counter Intelligence Corp during the Korean War, and as a Member of Congress representing Ohio’s 12th Congressional District from 1981-1983. He is facing Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-Genoa Twp.) as the Democratic nominee in the 12th Congressional District.