John Boehner unapologetic about pro-business agenda; ‘I am the business community’
“I am the business community.”
So declared John Boehner in a September interview with CNN, and his campaign contribution track record bears it out. As the Ohio Republican prepares to become the next House speaker, it’s a good time to revisit what the Center for Public Integrity found when it examined Boehner’s career patrons in June.
Our Who Bankrolls Congress project tracked the largest donors to U.S. House and Senate leaders over their congressional careers. When it comes to Boehner, it is clear he is living up to his pro-business reputation. Over two decades, Boehner took more than $1.5 million in political action committee contributions from AT&T, CME Group, Bank of America, Altria, United Parcel Service, Reynolds American, JP Morgan Chase, FedEx, and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s PACs.
He earned their support by voting with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 93 percent of the time over his career. The AFL-CIO says he voted against their interests on every vote he cast in 2008 and 2009.
At the time, we wrote the following: