A few weeks ago, I reported that former Wall Street banker John Chrin is a lot wealthier than U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright.
The gap between their contributions to federal political campaigns is a lot narrower.
Chrin has donated $29,698.70 to candidates for federal offices and federal political action committees since 1999, according to my compiling of contributions from the Federal Election Commission website.
Cartwright has donated $22,699.79.
Almost a third of Chrin’s contributions, $9,063, went to the J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. PAC, the Wall Street bank where he worked. The contributions to the PAC happened between 1999 and 2009. Usually he gave either $125 or $1,000. He stopped giving after he left the bank.
His other contributions and the amounts: Lou Barletta for Senate, $5,400 ($2,700 each in 2017 and 2018); Astoria Financial Corp. PAC, $3,000 ($1,000 in 2011 and $2,000 in 2014); Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, $2,500 in 2012; John McCain’s Senate campaign, $2,400 in 2010; and Sen. Fred Thompson’s PAC, $2,300 in 2007.
He gave $1,000 to George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 1999; Jon Corzine’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2000; the Republican National Committee and McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008;
He also gave the Republican Federal Committee, $700 ($350 in 2017 and 2018); Rep. Charlie Dent, $250 in 2010; and President Donald Trump’s campaign $85.70 only days after Trump’s election.
That’s a weird contribution, right?
Just a few other explanations.
Chrin sat on the board of the Astoria Financial Corp., which owned Astoria Bank, a Long Island, New York-based bank. Astoria merged with Sterling National Bank last fall.
Corzine, who won the seat as a New Jersey senator, was the only Democrat Chrin directly gave money. That really wasn’t so strange.
Corzine worked for Goldman Sachs, another big Wall Street bank. Chrin’s wife, Maria, worked there at the same time.
Chrin gave to Dent, who represented the Allentown area, in the year after he bought his childhood home in Lehigh County and started working as a professor at Lehigh University where he earned an engineering degree.
Cartwright has given $5,249.79 to the American Association for Justice Political Action Committee, which is the chief PAC for the nation’s trial lawyers. Cartwright was a trial lawyer before joining Congress in 2013. He contributed to them between 2009 and 2013. He generally gave increments of between $83.33 to $333.32, which means he probably split a single contribution with others.
Otherwise, Cartwright has donated only to Democrats.
Between 2006 and 2011, he gave $5,100 to Bob Casey’s U.S. Senate campaigns.
Between 2006 and 2010, he gave $5,050 to Chris Carney’s congressional campaigns.
He also gave to Rep. Joe Sestak’s 2010 Senate campaign, $2,000; former Pittsburgh TV anchor Ron Klink’s 2000 Senate campaign, $1,250; Iowa congressman Bruce Braley’s campaign, $1,250 ($250 in 2008, $1,000 in 2010); former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign, $1,000; congressman Paul Kanjorski’s 2008 re-election campaign, $1,000; former Sen. John Edwards president campaigns, $1,000 ($500 in 2004 and $2007); James Thompson’s campaign for Congress in Kansas, $200 last year; and ActBlue, $100 in 2016.
A few notes on Cartwright. He gave a lot of money through his leadership PAC, which I wrote about last week.
ActBlue is a nonprofit technology organization that helps Democrats raise campaign money on the internet.
James Thompson is running for the congressional seat that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used to represent.
One other big difference: Cartwright and his family have given regularly over the years to political campaigns in Lackawanna County. Chrin hasn’t. He did run the Steamtown Marathon in 2002, though.
In case you missed it or don’t watch TV commercials, Cartwright, a Democrat, and Chrin, a Republican, oppose each other for the 8th Congressional District seat.