Bankers give Heitkamp post-election bailout

There wasn’t much of a post-election hiatus for the American Bankers Association.

The Washington-based lobbying group sent $59,500 in campaign contributions to federal candidates between Nov. 7-19, most of it to help incoming members of Congress retire campaign debts they incurred to win House and Senate elections on Nov. 6, it said today in a filing to the Federal Election Commission.

ABA’s PAC sent $5,000 each to three North Carolina Republicans on Nov. 7, including Mark Meadows and Richard Hudson, who won their House seats comfortably, and David Rouzer, who conceded Nov. 28 to Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre after a recount.

Also getting post-election donations were Democrats John Delaney of Maryland, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Dina Titus and Steven Horsford of Nevada and Tim Kaine of Virginia and Republicans Andy Barr of Kentucky, Chris Collins of New York, Jackie Walorski of Indiana and Keith Rothfus of Pennsylvania. Heitkamp and Kaine won Senate seats, while the rest were elected to the House.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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