Massa's campaign contributors list is a Who's Who of the left's special interests 

Disgraced former Rep. Eric Mass, D-NY, has a campaign fund worth more than $644,000, according to OpenSecrets.org's superb Capital Eye blog.

That's what's left from among "millions of dollars" contributed by "hundreds of people and political action committees" to elect the upstate New Yorker to his first term in 2008. Because he ran in a traditionally conservative district, Massa was highly favored across the left side of the political spectrum.

Acording to Capital Eye, "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, meanwhile, both contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Massa through their leadership PACs. So has Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who's been hamstrung with ethical issues of his own."

The list of Massa's top donors compiled by Capital Eye includes just about every big-name liberal and union special interest group in American politics, including:

 

Corning Inc.

$45,650

$35,650

$10,000

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

$34,500

$0

$34,500

AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America (Steny Hoyer)

$30,000

$0

$30,000

Service Employees International Union

$26,000

$1,000

$25,000

American Federation of Teachers

$25,000

$0

$25,000

American Fedn of State/County/Muni Employees

$25,000

$0

$25,000

PAC to the Future (Nancy Pelosi)

$25,000

$0

$25,000

United Auto Workers

$25,000

$0

$25,000

Teamsters Union

$24,375

$0

$24,375

Harris Corp.

$24,250

$9,250

$15,000

Plumbers/Pipefitters Union

$24,000

$0

$24,000

Sheet Metal Workers Union

$23,500

$0

$23,500

American Postal Workers Union

$22,500

$0

$22,500

Communications Workers of America

$21,000

$0

$21,000

National Leadership PAC (Charles Rangel)

$21,000

$0

$21,000

Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union

$20,000

$0

$20,000

United Food & Commercial Workers Union

$20,000

$0

$20,000

United Steelworkers

$17,500

$0

$17,500

University of Rochester

$17,250

$17,250

$0

Massa is being encouraged to either return all of the money still in his re-election campaign's bank account or to donate it to charities. He could also use it to pay his legal bills, which may yet prove to be substantial.

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