Special Interests Drive Delaware House Speaker’s Campaign

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf (D-14th RD)
House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf (D-14th RD)

Analysis of House Speaker, Peter Schwartzkopf’s 2015 Year-end and 2016 30-day Primary campaign finance reports reveals a plethora of special interest contributions and political influence patterns as follows:

Banking/Investment/Real Estate:

Delaware Association of Realtors DEL PAC, Delaware Bankers Association DELBANK, Ronald E. Lankford Investment Account, Ocean Atlantic Sothoby’s International Realty.

Beverage/Liquor:

American Beverage Association, Anheuser Busch Companies, Dr. Pepper/Snapple PAC, MD-DE-DC Beverage Association, Pepsi Bottling Ventures-PBV of Salisbury, Pepsico, Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware, Standard Distributing Company, United Distributors of Delaware LLC.

Casinos/Racing:

Delaware Standardbred Owners Association, Delaware Park Management Company, LLC, Harrington Raceway Inc.

Communications/Utilities:

Artesian Water, ATT&T services, Inc. , Comcast Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Troy Ventures LLC, Verizon Communications Inc. Good Government Club-DE.

Chemical:

DuPont, DuPont Good Government Fund.

Construction:

Boilermakers Local 13 PAC Fund, Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers PAC, Civic Affairs Construction Council, EDIS Administrative Services, Hammers and Nails Club, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local No. 74 PAC, Sheet Metal Workers LU#19, RAI Services, Inc.

Health Care/Pharmaceutical:

Astrazenica, Delaware Chiropractic Society PAC, Dental Associates of Delaware, DENPAC, Doctors for Emergency Service P.A., Eli Lilly and Company PAC, Health Care Executives Action League (HEAL), Johnson&Johnson, Optometry EYE PAC, Pfizer, PHRMA, Sanofi US Services Inc., Sunovion, Sussex Emergency Associates LLC, United Health Group Inc.

Insurance:

BHM insurance Services, Delaware Association of Insurance Agents and Brokers Inc., Met Life Inc. Political Fund PAC.

Law Enforcement:

FOP State PAC Fund, Troopers PAC (TROOPAC), Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 10 Probation and Parole PAC Fund.

Lawyers:

Dinker Biddle and Reath LLP, Orrick Harrington and Sutciffe LLP, Parkowski Guerke and Swayze P.A., Rhodes and Morrow LLC, Young Conoway Stargett and Taylor LLP Political Action Committee Inc., LAWPAC of Delaware.

PACs:

ABC Merit Shop PAC, Cozen O’Connor First State PAC, Delaware P.E.O.P.L.E Committee, Highmark PAC, The PAC.

Political:

Friends for John Carney, Delaware Stonewall PAC, Marijuana Policy Project.

Others:

Delaware Association of Asian American Business Association PAC, CDI Consulting Services, Dennis Greenhouse Consulting LLC, Diageo North America Inc., DSEA Advocacy Fund for Children & Public Education, Highway One Limited Partnership, LSA Associates, Non Partisan Citizens for Business Expansion, NRA Political Victory Fund, The Pilots Association for the Bay and River Delaware PAC, VBA Inc., Wakefern Food Corporation, WAWA, Winner Group Management.

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The Friends for Pete Shwartzkopf candidate committee also made numerous contributions to various Democratic candidates and committees.

For the period of 01/ 01 – 08 /14 2016, the beginning balance was $88,079.40 with total receipts of $63,290.01. The minimum contribution reported was $100.00. The ending cash balance was $129,533.84. The total aggregate of contributions less than $100.00 was $0.00.

2 thoughts on “Special Interests Drive Delaware House Speaker’s Campaign”

  1. Businesses and organizations give the sitting Speaker donations. What a shock.

    No amount of money can elect a candidate the people do not want. The voters will decide.

    The “big money” donors are simply betting that the incumbent will prevail.

    By-the-way, Pete. On northbound Rt. 1. before Five Points, the left turn traffic is backing-up into the left through-traffic lane because the left turn traffic at the Ace Hardware light backs-up all the way to the Rt. 1 intersection, so the left lane of the two left turn lanes on Rt. 1 can’t turn.

    Traffic on Rt. 9 is backing-up to the winery and to the Food Lion light. Traffic on Plantation Rd. is backing-up to Lowe’s.

    The solution isn’t a “redesign” of the idiotic pattern devised a few years ago. The solution is an overpass at Five Points.

    Yes, an overpass would be expensive. But at some point, the state must face reality. There is no other viable, long-term solution.

  2. @Rick
    You’re right on this one, an overpass is the only solution at this point, for Five Points!. As Sussex Country usually works, they are a day late and a dollar short. This overpass should have been in the works at least 10 years ago, if not more.

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