What’s In A Name When It Comes To Campaign Contributions?

When Rep. Jack Kingston got into the race for US Senator from Georgia, he pledged not to be outflanked on the right by anyone. Standard fare. But on June 3, 2013 Kingston accepted $1,000 from a PAC called the Moderate Victory Fund, formed by former California Democratic Congressman Dennis Cardoza. Nothing wrong with that, that’s what PACs are for, right?

This so-called “Moderate” Victory Fund has given roughly $ 260,000 to 174 Democrats and Democratic committees including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, state Democratic parties, John Barrow, (D-Sconyers BBQ!) and NY Senator Kristin Gillibrand. They’ve made  $7,000 in donations to 2 Republicans, one of whom was Jack Kingston, just days before they closed their doors. Because a 37:1 ratio is fair and balanced. 

Kingston was asked about his contribution at the Cobb GOP breakfast this past Saturday, he said he hadn’t heard of the “moderate PAC,” but added that if the group has donated to his campaign, “they will be sorely disappointed.”

There’s an odd little tumblr page dedicated to chronicling comedic FEC transactions who noticed, but other than that, nobody seems to care about how Jack Kingston got a campaign contribution from a group calling itself moderate while donating nearly exclusively to Democrats. Maybe Kingston is the token conservative?


  1. KingRichard says:

    It would take an extraordinarily brave and honest politician to refuse campaign contrubutions…

  2. Jane says:

    He has enough money, he should donate it to a hard right organization that the so called Moderate PAC would never support. Maybe the NRA, Conservative Women for America, GOA, Eagle Forum, Right to Work committee, or something similar. He would get more than $1,000 worth of good press if an opponent brings this up later.

  3. xdog says:

    If I were Kingston I’d feel shortchanged since the only other goper donee dragged in 6 times as much.

  4. ricstewart says:

    Ahh, Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation. I would love to live in a world where “moderate” wasn’t a dirty word.
    If Kingston had voted as a fiscal conservative for the past 20 years, he wouldn’t have to pander to the lowest common denominator of the right in an attempt to compensate for the weaknesses in his voting record.

  5. Grandson of Flubber says:

    Why would a group that is overwhelmingly friendly to Democrats and Democrat organizations donate to a Republican?

  6. seekingtounderstand says:

    For those of you working on campaigns………visiting and receiving money from foreign companies or other who then take jobs overseas would be something to tell the public about.

  7. Dave Emanuel says:

    Let’s see, if I were a really clever Democrat who wanted to cause trouble for one of the GOP front runners, in a state that is heavily conservative, what would I do? How about donating to his/her campaign? Not saying that’s the case, but a possibility that seems to have been ignored.

    • Three Jack says:

      Dave, I’m with you. Dems nationwide want Broun or Gingrey as the GOP nominee so why not add fuel to the ‘Kingston is a liberal’ flame.

      • Dave Emanuel says:

        Jack- Ever since Chambliss announced his retirement, I have been concerned that a credible Democratic candidate could win the 2014 election if Republicans nominate the “wrong” candidate. This has nothing to do with integrity, voting record, position on issues or personality– it has to do with winning elections. It’s always the “undecideds” who decide elections, and most of them tend to be moderate, financially conservative and socially, somewhere between laissez faire and liberal. Irrespective of personal convictions, if the Republican candidate is one who has made abortion and gay rights two of his or her major talking points, I can pretty well guarantee the election to the Democrat candidate. So as you’ve stated, the Dems have definite preferences about the GOP candidate.

        • Dave Bearse says:

          Barnes had significant baggage, but the state was in the depths of a recession in 2010 yet the issues were abortion and gays, and it didn’t matter that Deal was in the shade.

  8. seenbetrdayz says:

    I’m curious to know what they’re defining as moderate. Perhaps a voting scorecard of some sort would explain the donation?

    • seenbetrdayz says:

      To add: Some issues don’t really have a ‘moderate’ stance. For example, you either support or oppose NSA surveillance. What would be the ‘moderate’ stance on that? ‘Maybe you have rights, sometimes.’ lol

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