Statement from Kendall Qualls on the Campaign Finance Hypocrisy of Dean Phillips
Plymouth, Minnesota – Congressional candidate Kendall Qualls released the following statement regarding the campaign finance hypocrisy of incumbent Democrat Dean Phillips.
“The illuminating report from the Minnesota GOP exposes the latest hypocrisy from my opponent Dean Phillips,” said Qualls. “It turns out that Dean’s platitudes on campaign finance reform are nothing more than empty rhetoric to buttress his now crumbling façade as a moderate voice for reform.”
“Dean bemoans the influence of money in politics, but was identified by the New York Times as one of the largest Democratic fundraisers in America nearly a decade before taking office and continued serving as a major donor until elected to Congress. In 2015, he even hosted a private fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at his Wayzata home. Dean, the third-wealthiest member of the House of Representatives, also pledged to not-self-finance his 2018 campaign, then broke that promise by injecting $1.3 million into his campaign,” described Qualls.
“Dean repeatedly criticizes the campaign finance system, yet received help from Michael Bloomberg’s SuperPAC which spent over $1.3 million getting Dean elected in 2018. While running for President, Bloomberg said he ‘bought’ Dean’s seat,” Qualls continued. “Finally, Dean claims he’s against PAC money, yet has accepted money from the Problem Solvers Heroes PAC, Problem Solvers Democrats PAC, and his own Phillips Victory 2020 PAC.”
“Dean can spend money on candidates and issues important to him, or accept money from whoever he wants, but he should not portray himself as an advocate for campaign finance reform when he has been a top participant and beneficiary from the system he purportedly wants to reform,” said Qualls. “Like many Third District voters, I am tired of politicians saying one thing then doing another. Dean’s ‘do as I say, not as I do’ approach to leadership would not be tolerated in the U.S. Army or in corporate America, and we should not tolerate it in Washington,” concluded Qualls.
Dean’s campaign finance hypocrisy is the latest example of his duplicity regarding his financial activity. As reported by the Star Tribune, a company Dean Phillips co-owns received $100,000–$350,000 in PPP loans despite Dean previously telling the paper that it was “wrong” for businesses associated with members of Congress to accept PPP money.