Only a small number of businesses have given to the pro-President Barack Obama super PAC, Priorities USA Action, and ironically, most of the money raised has come from lobbying shops.
Since it was launched in April 2011, Priorities USA Action has raised just $771,000 from businesses. That’s about 5 percent of the $21 million that the super PAC has raised through the end of June.
Two of these six donors to Priorities are firms specializing in government relations with offices in D.C., blocks from the White House.
Obama himself does not accept campaign contributions from registered federal lobbyists, nor does the Democratic National Committee. The president has also had a policy of refusing to hire lobbyists to work for his administration, except under special circumstances.
The lion's share — $600,000 — has come from a Washington, D.C.-based “strategic advisory firm” called Perennial Strategy Group, LLC.
While Perennial’s services include government relations, it has not been registered as a lobbying firm since April 2011. However, between July 2003, when it first registered to lobby, and April 2011, it reported more than $1.3 million in lobbying income to Congress.
Records show Perennial’s clients over the years have included Regions Financial Corp., Hewlett-Packard, the Avis Budget Group car rental company, the energy company Southern Co. and the MGM Mirage casino.
Perennial’s founder and CEO Lamell McMorris, has donated the legal maximum of $5,000 to Obama’s re-election campaign. McMorris, who is also on the national board of directors of the NAACP and is a former CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, has further given the legal maximum of $61,600 to the DNC during the past two years.