Did The Congressional Black Caucus Really Endorse Hillary? That Depends On Who You Ask


Those who thought all the drama this election year would be on the Republican side are also getting one hell of a contest among the Democrats, where Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have each won a single contest as the race heads to Nevada and then South, where it is believed Clinton has a “firewall” based largely on the support of African-American voters.

Less than 24 hours after Clinton lost by double digits in New Hampshire to Sanders, it was announced that the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) would soon be endorsing Hillary. If true, that would be a huge coup for the Clinton camp.

So then what are we to make of this tweet from Congressman Keith Ellison earlier today?

While it may sound like a very fine line of distinction–CBC vs. CBCPAC, the differences are enormous. The CBC is the actual members of Congress who comprise the Congressional Black Caucus. The CBCPAC is indeed a political action committee (PAC), which has as some of its members:

  • Daron Watts, a lobbyist for Purdue Pharma, who make the highly addictive and controversial opioid OxyContin
  • Mike Mckay and Chaka Burgess, lobbyists for Navient, the student loan company that was spun off of Sallie Mae
  • William A. Kirk, who lobbies for a cigar industry trade group on tobacco regulations

As a matter of fact, the PAC for the CBC is absolutely loaded with lobbyists, including those who represent Microsoft, tobacco companies, and other less than savory interests who are known to be experts at the Washington game of pay to play.

A few elected members. of the CBC do serve on the board of CBCPAC, including:

  • Gregory Meeks (NY)
  • Hakeem Jeffries (NY)
  • Elijah Cummings (MD)

Congressman Cummings abstained from the vote CBCPAC took to endorse Hillary Clinton.

Another tweet then came from Congressman Ellis, and this one was right to the point:


Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California, who is also on the CBC, had this to say during an interview:

I want to make it clear there’s a clear distinction between the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus PAC…. I don’t want the viewers, your viewers, to believe that the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus PAC are one and the same.

So we have the PAC for the Congressional Black Caucus endorsing the former Secretary of State, but the CBC has not gone that far. Will they? That remains to be seen, as does the strength of the Deep South firewall the Clinton campaign is depending on to build momentum in March. Stay tuned.

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