County residents investing in the 2020 election

By Rodney L. Sherman

CLARION NEWS Editor

CLARION

The 2010 general election is a good 17 months away, but candidates are already staking out positions and campaign donations are already rolling into candidates and political action committees.

According to the Federal Elections Commission, Clarion County residents have already donated nearly $15,000 to various PACs and committees.

That total includes reported donation between Jan. 1 and June 5.

To what PACs and committees are Clarion County residents (based on zip codes) donating?

(Organization descriptions are taken from their respective websites.)

Seven people have donated a total of $6,400 to Friends of Glenn Thompson, a group working to get incumbent U.S. Rep Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-15) re-elected.

One county resident has donated $5,000 to the NRCC -- The National Republican Congressional Committee is the Republican Hill committee which works to elect Republicans to the United States House of Representatives.

One person has donated $1,000 to Democracy For America. Democracy for America is a progressive political action committee, headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont. We recruit and train progressive candidates to run for office and win at every level of government, in general elections and in contested primaries against corporate Democrats.

Four county residents have donated a total of $565 to the Republican National Committee. The Republican National Committee is a U.S. political committee that provides national leadership for the Republican Party of the United States. It is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy.

One person has donated a total of $410 to the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies PAC, which lobbies on behalf of the insurance industry's interests.

Four people have donated a total of $306 to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., The group is working to re-elect President Donald Trump.

One person has donated a total $235 to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee. The group is working to re-elect President Donald Trump.

Two people have donated a total of $208 to the Engineers Political Education Committee of the International Union of Operating Engineers. EPEC Voluntary is the federal political action committee of the International Union of Operating Engineers in the United States, which raises money through voluntary contributions from its members and their families. IUOE then uses these funds to elect candidates and incumbents who will support IUOE members' interests on key issues in the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and the White House.

One county resident has donated a total of $150 to the Aflac PAC. By directing corporate political contributions, in accordance with all applicable rules outlined in the Aflac Inc. Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, which includes board oversight, the Company fully engages in the political process.

One county resident has donated $130 to

One Clarion County resident has donated a total of $120 to Emily's List. Emily's List is an American political action committee that aims to help elect pro-choice Democratic female candidates to office. According to the Washington Examiner, Emily's List is "the nation's most influential pro-choice political action committee."

One county resident has donated $100 to the National Rifle Association Victory Fund. The NRA works to protect Second Amendment rights.

One Clarion County resident has donated $75 to the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees PAC. The PAC provides the union with an opportunity to stand together to protect the benefits and rights they have won in their workplaces and their communities.

One person has donated $51 to the NRSC. The National Republican Senatorial Committee is the Republican Hill committee for the United States Senate, working to elect Republicans to that body.

One county resident donated $48 to the Exelon Corp. PAC. Exelon is a Fortune energy company and its PAC lobbies on behalf of the company and industry.

About the FEC

The Federal Election Commission is the independent regulatory agency charged with administering and enforcing the federal campaign finance law.

The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House, Senate, Presidency and the Vice Presidency.

Its stated mission is to protect the integrity of the federal campaign finance process by providing transparency and fairly enforcing and administering federal campaign finance laws.

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