Howard Berman, a California Democrat who says he wants to lift the ban on travel to Cuba, accepted a $7,000 donation from a political action committee that favors economic sanctions against the socialist government, records show.
Berman, chair of the House Committee on Foreign Relations, announced Tuesday that he was postponing a Sept. 29 hearing on a measure aimed at loosening the travel ban.
In 2010, the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC contributed $7,000 to Berman, according to OpenSecrets.org, which touts itself as a "nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy."
OpenSecrets said the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC contributed to $380,000 to federal lawmakers in 2010, based on records submitted to the Federal Elections Commission on Sept. 13.. That included:
$235,500 to Democrats in the HouseI don't know. Is this money talking, or what?
$81,000 to Republicans in the House
$40,000 to Democrats in the Senate
$24,000 to Republicans in the House.