According to campaign filings with the Federal Election Commission, Arizona Democrat Congressman Ruben Gallego, who is challenging Senator Kyrsten Sinema in 2024, has accepted over $100,000 in contributions from corporate attorneys, lobbyists, investment bankers, and consultants, the Daily Caller reported.
An outspoken critic of Wall Street, Gallego has repeatedly railed against Sinema, accusing her of being an “advocate” for the powerful and wealthy.
In a tweet earlier this month, Gallago shared a link to an NBC News report on Sinema taking campaign cash from wealthy investors and Republican donors, accusing her of taking $483,000 from employees from the investment firms Blackstone and the Carlyle Group. Gallego claimed in his tweet that the occupation donating the most to his campaign is teachers.
But according to the Daily Caller, Gallego has accepted over $106,000 in campaign contributions from Wall Street, including accepting the maximum contribution of $6,600 from five investors, one big tech employee, a consultant with McKinsey, attorneys from two big law firms, and a public relations exec.
Based on the Daily Caller’s analysis, the occupation donating the most to the Gallego campaign isn’t teachers but attorneys.
In another tweet last week, Gallego suggested that the reason Senator Sinama raises so much money from Wall Street is that she is using “the power and privilege of her office” to protect Wall Street profits.
But according to his FEC filing, Gallego took $1,000 from the managing director of the failed Silicon Valley Bank less than three weeks before the bank declared bankruptcy.
Last week, the Associated Press reported that Gallego outraised Sinema during the first quarter of 2023, bringing in 3.7 million in donations for his Senate campaign. By contrast, Sinema reported donations of just over $2.1 million.
However, Sinema has more cash on hand, holding a commanding lead with $10 million in the bank. Gallego ended the first quarter with only $2.7 million cash on hand.