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July 13, 2012 0

Anti-Immigrant Political Action Committee Sees Rise in Contributions for 2012 Election Cycle

US Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC, a polit­i­cal action com­mit­tee whose pur­pose is to “reduce immi­gra­tion” and “secure our nation’s bor­ders,” has seen a sharp increase in con­tri­bu­tions for the 2012 elec­tion cycle. The PAC’s pres­i­dent is Mary Lou Tan­ton, the spouse of John Tan­ton, the archi­tect of the mod­ern day anti-immigrant move­ment in the United States. 

Accord­ing to the web­site Open Secrets, which tracks fed­eral cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions, US Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC’s total receipts for 2012 to date are over $14,500 with almost four months to go before Elec­tion Day. While this fig­ure is rel­a­tively low, it is up almost ten-fold from the last elec­tion cycle, where the PAC only received a lit­tle over $1500 in total receipts. In the 2012 cycle, US Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC has donated $2500 to con­gres­sional can­di­dates, so far.
 
Open Secrets also lists indi­vid­ual donors who have given $200 or more to the PAC. Among the donors for 2012 is Sharon Barnes, a long­time board mem­ber of the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), an extreme anti-immigration group that was founded by John Tan­ton in 1979. Barnes, who has donated $300 to date, for­merly sat on the edi­to­r­ial advi­sory board of Tanton’s anti-immigrant jour­nal, The Social Con­tract. Another con­trib­u­tor of over $200 is John Rohe, who, along with his wife, donated a com­bined $500 to the PAC for the 2012 elec­tion cycle. Rohe is a good friend of John and Mary Lou Tan­ton, even pen­ning the couple’s biog­ra­phy, which was pub­lished in 2002. Rohe is also the Vice Pres­i­dent of Phil­an­thropy at the Col­com Foun­da­tion, an orga­ni­za­tion that donates mil­lions of dol­lars to anti-immigrant groups each year.
 
It is no sur­prise that US Immi­gra­tion Reform PAC’s con­tri­bu­tions are up since immi­gra­tion is a hot-button issue in the 2012 elec­tion cycle. The four con­gres­sional can­di­dates that the PAC has donated to thus far in 2012 are Lou Bar­letta (R-PA), Paul Broun (R-GA), Steve King (R-IA) and Allen West (R-FL). 

 

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