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Activist Groups Go After Black Caucus PAC

Activists, including those affiliated with Black Lives Matter, released a scathing letter to the political action committee for the Congressional Black Caucus.

In the letter, they say that the PAC should “end the dominance of corporate lobbyists,” private prison lobbyists, the tobacco industry, and being tied to “anti-worker companies like Walmart.”

“The board should be lead by people accountable to Black folks, including elected officials and representatives from organizations representing the interests of Black people, not lobbyists paid to wield corporate power,” the civil rights groups wrote.

“Between donors and board members, the committee is under the influence of some of the companies and industries with the worst track records of abuse and exploitation of Black people,” they added.

The Hill reports:

The letter is also endorsed by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and the Campaign for Media Justice.

The CBC PAC, the fundraising arm of the caucus, boasts eight members of the CBC on its 21-member board. The others are largely lobbyists and consultants representing a number of prominent law firms around Washington and beyond.

The PAC is headed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), whose office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

It’s not the first time the CBC PAC has been at the center of controversy. In February, after the group endorsed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a CBC member who’s supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), went out of his way to note the distinction between the CBC and its political arm.

“Cong’l Black Caucus (CBC) has NOT endorsed in presidential,” Ellison tweeted at the time. “Separate CBCPAC endorsed withOUT input from CBC membership, including me.”

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