22 Dem Candidates Who Distanced Themselves from Pelosi and Accepted Her Cash

Discontent with Pelosi grows despite fundraising prowess

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More than 20 Democratic candidates who have come out against, or dodged questions about whether they would vote for, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) for speaker if Democrats were to regain control of the House this fall have accepted cash from Pelosi's leadership PAC and campaign committee, according to a review of Federal Election Commission filings.

Pelosi has an approval rating hovering in the high 20s. Her low approval rating and high name recognition have led Republicans around the country to tie Democratic candidates to the unpopular minority leader.

As of Aug. 10, NBC News compiled a list of 57 Democratic candidates who have come out against Pelosi for speaker with around 40 remaining non-committal on whether they would vote for Pelosi.

Using NBC's list of candidates, the Washington Free Beacon has identified 22 Democrats who have either said they do not support Pelosi for speaker or publicly evaded answering the question outright yet nevertheless accepted cash to their campaign committees from PAC to the Future (Pelosi's leadership PAC) or Nancy Pelosi for Congress (her campaign committee) or both.

Those Democrats are as follows:

Against Pelosi as House speaker

  1. Anthony BrindisiNew York 22: "I believe it's time for new leadership on both sides of the aisle," Brindisi said, according to NBC News. (All of the quotes in this list appeared in the NBC News story.)

Brindisi has accepted $10,000, the maximum allowable combined amount for both the primary and general elections, from PAC to the Future, Pelosi's leadership PAC. Brindisi has also taken $4,000 total from Nancy Pelosi for Congress, Pelosi's campaign committee, filings show.

  1. Andy KimNew Jersey 3: "As I'm now working to help my community here in New Jersey, it's time we have new leadership on both sides of the aisle in Washington to get the job done."

Kim has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Jill SchillerOhio 2: "I plan to vote for a new generation of leaders. … I've heard one consistent theme on the campaign trail: we need change in Washington, and I want to be a part of that change."

Schiller has taken $2,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

Democrats who have evaded saying whether or not they would vote for Pelosi

  1. Antonio DelgadoNew York 19: "I am focused on reaching out and talking with voters every day about important issues like health care, restoring jobs and tax policy. … The people of our region are much more focused on these issues than Washington palace intrigue."

Delgado has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Steven Horsford – Nevada 4: "Look, we are way, premature to be talking about who the next leader of the Congress is."

Horsford has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Susie Lee – Nevada 8: "I'll make that decision when I get there."

Lee has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Betsy Dirksen Londrigan – Illinois 13: "I’ll be taking my nod from the voters right here in the district."

Londrigan has taken $5,000 from PAC to the Future and $2,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Chrissy Houlahan – Pennsylvania 6: "I think it's a premature question."

Houlahan has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Lizzie Fletcher – Texas 7: Refused to endorse Pelosi.

Fletcher has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Gina Ortiz Jones – Texas 23: Would support the individual who is "going to be the best person to represent this district and fight for what matters most in this district."

Ortiz Jones has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Harley Rouda – California 48: "Certainly I'm not in a good position to make any kind of decision right now."

Rouda has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Abby Finkenauer – Iowa 1: "I'll be frank: Nobody has my vote until I get there and I sit down with them and we have a long conversation about my district and about the folks in it."

Finkenauer has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Sean Casten – Illinois 6: Did not commit to voting for Pelosi, but did not rule it out.

Casten has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Cindy Axne – Iowa 3: "I'll support the leader that best supports the values of Iowa."

Axne has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Susan Wild – Pennsylvania 7: "If any other political official had done what she has done, but had been male, that question would not constantly be coming up."

Wild has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and another from $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Colin Allred – Texas 32: Will "see who's running for leadership and then make his decision based on who he thinks would do the best job for North Texas."

Allred has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Lauren Underwood – Illinois 14: "As of Wednesday, August 8, we are 90 days out from election day—that is my focus. I plan to vote for leaders who share the values of the 14th District."

Underwood has taken $5,000 from PAC to the Future and $2,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Lisa Brown – Washington 5: "I have already stated that I'd like to see new people included in the Democrats' leadership team. That being said, this decision is too important to make in advance without knowing who the candidates will be, discussing their performance with other members, especially those from the Northwest, and having a chance to interview them personally."

Brown has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Jennifer Wexton – Virginia 10: Has not answered.

Wexton has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Randy Bryce – Wisconsin 1: "It's not something that I spend a lot of time thinking about. I'm extremely concerned about making sure we get another working person in Congress, and once I get there, I definitely would be anxious to see who wants to take the reins of the leadership position."

Bryce has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. Mary Gay Scanlon – Pennsylvania 5: "It's going to depend on who are all the candidates at this time and what are the circumstances at that time. I do think, as a whole, the Democrats need to cultivate the next generation and I think they would be best served by leveraging Nancy Pelosi's skills to help bring along the next generation. And I’m just not sure what that’s going to look like in a year and a half."

Scanlon has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

  1. TJ Cox – California 21: "This is what I hear about Nancy Pelosi: absolutely nothing. … When we do win, and when we take back the House that is when I will look at who the leadership should be."

Cox has taken $10,000 from PAC to the Future and $4,000 from Pelosi's campaign committee.

The Washington Free Beacon reached out to all 22 campaigns for comment on the donations from Pelosi and will update accordingly.

Joe Schoffstall   Email Joe | Full Bio | RSS
Joe Schoffstall is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Previously, he spent three years with the Media Research Center and was most recently with the Capitol City Project. He can be reached at Schoffstall@freebeacon.com. His Twitter handle is @JoeSchoffstall.

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