Westfield, NJ – During this past weekend’s candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters, Tom Malinowski got on his bicycle and back peddled off the claim he is running in his cable commercial that “he doesn’t take PAC money“. During the forum, he very intentionally changed his language to “he doesn’t take DIRECT PAC money”.
This comes after the New Jersey Globe ran a story revealing how misleading his claim really is.
In fact, in April of 2019 when Roll Call ran a story on fake no PAC pledges, Tom Malinowski was literally their posterboy. Malinowski has taken over $100,000 in leadership money from other House Democrats and is supported by millions of dollars worth of super PAC ads that are fueled by PAC money.
Malinowski also boasts on Twitter that he does not need to be worried about being beholden to corporate execs, but a simple search on the FEC website returns 123 donations to Malinowski from donors with the title of “CEO”.
“Tom Malinowski is blatantly misleading voters when he says he does not take corporate PAC money,” said Senator Tom Kean. “He has Nancy Pelosi wash his money like Al Capone and at the end of the day, our Congressman from New Jersey has a nearly identical voting record with the Speaker from San Francisco. 72% of the money he takes comes from outside of our home state and by his own logic, that makes him beholden to everyone but his constituents. I would say his voting record certainly reflects that.”
Kean continued, “If Congressman Malinowski is changing his tune in debates, it should be reflected in his advertising too. He should do the honest thing, and take down his ads and come clean on his untruthful claims.”
Tom Kean is the New Jersey Senate Republican Leader. His campaign for Congress in NJ-7 has been rated a “toss up” by Politico. He has been endorsed by the NJPBA, FMBA, NFIB, US Chamber, BIPAC, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, and hundreds of local New Jersey elected and party officials.
In April, CLF released a survey that showed Kean leading the incumbent Malinowski.