Back in September, a Splinter author chose to call out the CEO of Amazon for a $10M contribution to a political action commitee (PAC) that the author did not approve of.

Or to be precise, the PAC in question, With Honor, supported candidates who had politics which the Splinter author did not agree with. In his wording:

Jeff Bezos is funding these pro-gun, anti-abortion Republican campaigns for Congress.

Not mentioned by that Splinter author, or seemingly any of the staff of Splinter, is that Splinter contributes money to a PAC. Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) has a PAC which, for the 2018 cycle, contributed $64,000 to federal candidates. $51,500 was given to 38 Democrats (31 in the House, 7 in the Senate) and $12,500 was given to 10 Republicans (8 in the House, 2 in the Senate).

Here’s some quick information on the 10 Republicans who UCI gave money to: how much UCI gave to them, whether they are “pro-gun” (as measured by the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund [NRA-PVF]), whether they are “anti-abortion” (as measured by the National Right to Life Committee), and, most importantly, whether that person is going to be in Congress in 2019.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26). UCI contribution: $1000. Pro-gun? Yes, NRA-PVF endorsed. Anti-abortion? Yes, received an 85% rating for 2017-2018. Still in Congress? No, lost reelection bid.

Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10). UCI contribution: $500. Pro-gun? Yes, NRA-PVF endorsed. Anti-abortion? Yes, received a 100% rating for 2017-2018. Still in Congress? No, lost reelection bid.

Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (FL-25). UCI Contribution: $3,500. Pro-gun? Yes, 93% NRA 2018 rating. Anti-abortion? Yes, received a 100% rating for 2017-2018. Still in Congress? Yes, won reelection bid.

Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17). UCI contribution: $500. Pro-gun? Yes, NRA-PVF endorsed. Anti-abortion? Yes, received a 100% rating for 2017-2018. Still in Congress? Yes, won reelection bid.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC). UCI contribution: $1,000. Pro-gun? Yes, NRA-PVF endorsed in 2014. Anti-abortion? Yes, received a 100% rating for 2017-2018. Still in Congress? Yes, but Graham wasn’t up for election this cycle so I don’t understand why Univision funded him?

Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT). UCI contribution: $500. Pro-gun? Yes, NRA-PVF endorsed in 2012. Anti-abortion? Yes, received a 100% rating for 2017-2018. Still in Congress? No, because Orrin Hatch chose to not run for reelection. So I don’t understand why Univision funded him?

Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23). UCI contribution: $3,000. Pro-gun? Yes, NRA-PVF endorsed. Anti-abortion? Yes, received a 87% rating for 2017-2018. Still in Congress? Yes, won reelection bid.1

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16). UCI contribution: $1,000. Pro-gun? Yes, NRA-PVF endorsed. Anti-abortion? Yes, received a 100% rating for 2017-2018. Still in Congress? Yes, won reelection bid.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21). UCI contribution: $500. Pro-gun? Yes, NRA-PVF endorsed. Anti-abortion? Yes, received a 87% rating for 2017-2018. Still in Congress? Yes, won reelection bid.

Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45). UCI contribution: $1,000. Pro-gun? Yes, NRA-PVF endorsed. Anti-abortion? Yes, received a 100% rating for 2017-2018. Still in Congress? No, lost reelection bid.

In summary, Univision funded 10 “pro-gun, anti-abortion Republican campaigns for Congress.” 3 were losing campaigns, 5 were winning campaigns, and 2 were candidates not running in this cycle.

Because they contributed to their winning campaigns, Univision is partially financially responsible for the continued employment of Rep. Díaz-Balart (FL-25), Rep. Flores (TX-17), Rep. Hurd (TX-23), Rep. Kinzinger (IL-16), and Rep. Stefanik (NY-21). If any of us have problems with the 2019-2020 votes of those individuals, let Univision know, because Univision helped them keep their jobs.

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1 Interestingly, this was one of the closest elections of 2018; out of ~210k votes cast, the winning candidate (Will Hurd) received fewer than 930 votes more than the second-place candidate (Gina Ortiz Jones). Gail Sheehy, writing for The Slot at Jezebel, wrote about Gina Ortiz Jones. Gaily Sheehy seemed to be unaware that the owners of Jezebel were financially supporting Will Hurd in that election. I wonder if that knowledge would have made her article different.

Top image is an amusing tweet by Splinter News