Voters See Candidates, Not PAC Influence | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Voters See Candidates, Not PAC Influence

Play associated audio

Maryland and Virginia lawmakers are dropping a lot of cash into congressional races across the country. Some candidates for office came out to the local high school football match in Nashua, N.H., to pitch themselves to voters.

When they’re on trail, all voters see are the candidates. But behind the candidate lies the support of the party back in Washington. Through his political action committee, Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen has spread about half a million dollars to candidates across the country. He says his assistance to the party is an extension of his work as a representative.

"It's my strong view that the policies of the Democratic Congress will serve my constituents much better than the alternative," Van Hollen says.

Maryland Democrat and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has spent nearly $900,000 on this year's races. And Virginia Republican and Minority Whip Eric Cantor has spread $1.2 million to candidates nationwide.

NPR

A Cuppa Matcha With Your Crickets? On The Menu In 2015

In the new year we'll be eating pot pesto, pork fat, and pancit along with the newborn progeny of Brussels sprouts and kale.
NPR

A Cuppa Matcha With Your Crickets? On The Menu In 2015

In the new year we'll be eating pot pesto, pork fat, and pancit along with the newborn progeny of Brussels sprouts and kale.
NPR

Tennessee's Medicaid Deal Dodges A Partisan Fight

An agreement between the Tennessee Hospital Association and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expands Medicaid without tax dollars, an agreement that could be a blueprint for other states.
NPR

Facebook Finds That Not All Users Want To Review Their Year

The social media giant's "Year in Review" app has upset some who prefer to forget 2014's unpleasant memories.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.