Oct 31, 2012
Jonathan Paton’s Special Interest Contributions Show Who He Would Stand With in Washington
Republican congressional candidate and former payday lending lobbyist Jonathan “Payday” Paton (AZ-01) has already sided with predatory payday lenders that charge Arizona’s middle class astronomical interest rates. But his latest campaign finance report show that if elected to Congress, Payday Paton would side with Tea Party Republicans and corporate interests over the middle class and seniors, too. Paton recently took contributions from Tea Party darling Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, as well as one of the Big Oil companies close to the Bush Administration that he would protect in Congress.
“Jonathan Paton will side with the Tea Party Republicans like his friend Michele Bachmann in Washington who vote to protect tax breaks for millionaires and Big Oil companies at any cost – even if it means cutting Medicare for our seniors,” said Amber Moon of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Paton Worked for Payday Lending Group. In 2004, Paton worked for the Community Financial Services Association, the payday lending industry association. [Arizona Daily Star, 6/06/10]
Paton Received $2,500 Donation from Tea Party Extremist Michele Bachmann. On October 29, 2012, Paton received a $2,500 contribution from tea party extremist Michele Bachmann’s political action committee, Michele PAC. [Paton for Congress, FEC.gov, 10/29/12; michelepac.com, accessed 10/31/12]
Paton Received $1,000 from Oil and Gas Company Closely Tied to Bush Administration. On October 29, 2012, Paton received a $1,000 contribution from the Halliburton Company PAC in Texas. In 2004, it was reported “Cheney would face scrutiny over his ties to Halliburton Corp. the firm that he headed before joining Bush’s ticket in 2000.” [Paton for Congress, FEC.gov, 10/29/12; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 10/5/04; Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 10/31/12]