Swamp Turtle

Follow The Money

  • Mitch supported the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision, which allowed corporations to spend unlimited funds on elections.

  • Mitch passed a tax bill that featured massive giveaways to the wealthy and large corporations that will increase taxes on about half of middle class families—and voted against raising the minimum wage.
  • At least 60 of Mitch’s staffers have lobbied for industries like Big Pharma and Wall Street, the same industries that have gifted him millions.
  • Mitch has taken more than $1.3 million in donations from the health care industry and tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement legislation.
  • Mitch has taken more than $7 million from Wall Street and the banking industry, then bailed them out with $700 billion of taxpayers’ money.

  • Mitch has taken more than $600,000 from the tobacco industry, then gave Senate speeches that were written almost word-for-word by industry lobbyists.
  • 149 corporations and trade groups have hired Mitch’s former aides as lobbyists to get what they want from the Senate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mitch refused to pass any additional coronavirus aid for Kentucky families and small businesses unless the legislation included liability protections for corporations so employees who contract COVID-19 at work had no recourse against corporations that did not follow proper safety precautions.
  • Mitch’s former chief of staff, who he says is “like a son,” to him, is a lobbyist for a Big Pharma corporation. Mitch held up coronavirus relief to make sure they could overcharge for vaccines and treatments being developed for the coronavirus. While Congress was negotiating the legislation, the corporation’s lobbyists gave at least $11,000 to Mitch’s campaign.
  • Two of Mitch’s former senior staffers are now lobbyists for top financial services companies. Mitch’s coronavirus relief package included a no-strings-attached $500 billion slush fund for the industry, but he refused to extend unemployment benefits, calling them a “bonus not to go back to work,” and suggested that state and local governments should be allowed to go bankrupt instead of receiving aid.
  • Two of Mitch’s former chiefs of staff are now lobbyists for major airline companies. After meeting with lobbyists, Mitch included $50 billion for big airlines in his coronavirus relief proposal.
  • Hidden in Mitch’s coronavirus relief bill was a new tax break to the 1% that will cost $170 billion over 10 years.