New report shows that Perdue put big donor event ahead of his Senate duties, skipping key hearing on poor housing conditions for military families
Political scientist Dr. Charles Bullock: “Missing a committee meeting…that directly impacts your constituency for a fundraiser? Probably not a smart idea.”
ATLANTA — Last night, a new 11 Alive report revealed that Senator David Perdue skipped a critical oversight hearing focused on the poor housing conditions military families are facing at bases like Georgia’s Fort Benning to attend a high-dollar donor meeting, putting his big campaign contributors ahead of servicemembers and their families.
“All of that money pouring in…also spotlights Senator Perdue – who skipped a Senate committee meeting. The reason for missing the meeting? He was attending a donor event instead.”
“Perdue is a member of the sub-committee. Perdue missed the three hour meeting according to a transcript.”
“The ‘boardroom’ meeting with campaign donors started at 4 p.m. And Perdue joined them while the Senate sub-committee hearing continued, in his absence, a few blocks away.”
“[UGA Professor Charles Bullock:] ‘Missing a committee meeting…that directly impacts your constituency for a fundraiser? Probably not a smart idea.’”
“Perdue’s office released a statement…the statement did not address his scheduling that day nearly a year ago. We tried for days, but never got to chat with the senator.”
While military families and servicemembers were struggling with poor housing conditions at facilities like Fort Benning, Perdue was too busy dealing with big donors “buying access” to even bother attending this critical hearing — and was the only sub-committee member to be absent. Once again, Perdue’s wealthy and special interest backers came before Georgia families.
“Senator David Perdue’s choice to put his big campaign donors ahead of military families reveals where his true priorities lie,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Instead of doing his job standing up for Georgia servicemembers, Senator Perdue is clearly more interested in hobnobbing with his wealthy special interest backers who can afford to buy access to his time.”