Did you catch Pat Leahy’s profile in Seven Days? Read it out here — or check out the highlights below!


1. Leahy Lives In A Million Dollar Home In A D.C. Suburb And His Mailing Address Is In Virginia, Not Vermont. “Leahy bought a house in McLean, Va., in 1978 — now valued at $1.2 million — and continues to live there most of the year. Though he speaks frequently about his ‘farm’ in Middlesex, Vt., that town’s grand list indicates that his mailing address is a post office box in McLean.”

2. Leahy Says His Greatest Accomplishment Of The Past 6 Years Is Renaming A Senate Committee Decades Ago. “Asked last week to name his greatest accomplishments of the past six years, Leahy instead mentioned that, decades ago, he had insisted that the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry be renamed to include the word ‘nutrition.’”

3. Despite His Attacks On Milne, It Is “Not Always Clear Why [Leahy] Thinks He Should Be Returned” To D.C. “Because the incumbent has run such a low-profile race, it’s not always clear why he thinks he should be returned to public office.”

4. Leahy Has Been “Virtually Invisible” On The Campaign Trail In Order To Dodge Media Questions. “Though the election was five weeks away and the Senate had adjourned for the fall, Leahy had been virtually invisible on the campaign trail since conducting a 14-county kickoff tour in August. This was clearly by design: to starve Milne of the oxygen he’d need to mount a serious campaign — and to keep Leahy away from free-for-all media scrums.”

5. Contrary To His Claims, Leahy Has Relied On Corporate PAC Money Long Before Citizens United. “While the senator maintains that the cash is necessary in a post-Citizens United world, he had relied on the same fundraising practices for decades before the Supreme Court handed down that decision in 2010. It’s what motivated former Republican governor Jim Douglas to challenge Leahy back in 1992, Douglas claims. ‘I felt strongly that since 96 percent of his campaign funds came from out of state, there was a valid question about who he was representing,’ Douglas says. ‘And I gather the numbers are still similar today.”’

6. Leahy’s Top Donors All Have Business Before His Senate Committees. “His top donors have included entertainment companies, such as Time Warner and Walt Disney; tech behemoths, such as Microsoft and Google; telecoms, such as Comcast and Dish Network; and military contractors, such as General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin. Two personal injury firms — the Law Offices of Peter Angelos and Girardi | Keese — have donated a collective $248,000. All have business before the Senate Judiciary or Appropriations committees, on which Leahy serves.”

7. Leahy’s Campaign Strategy Is To “Raise A Ton Of Money…Spend A Chunk Of It On TV Ads, Ignore Your Opponent And Avoid Debates.” “By now, Leahy has reelection campaigns down to a science: Raise a ton of money ($4 million so far this six-year cycle), spend a chunk of it on TV ads, ignore your opponent and avoid debates. This fall, he’s agreed to just three forums — and has refused to take part in any commercial television, radio or print debates.”

8. Leahy’s Office Is A Revolving Door That Produces Lucrative Corporate Lobbying Careers For His Family And Staff. “The ex-staffers benefit even more from their connection to Leahy. Many, such as Pagano and former chief of staff Luke Albee, have gone on to lucrative careers in the lobbying world, where their knowledge of the Senate is an invaluable asset to their corporate clients. Leahy’s own daughter, Alicia Leahy Jackson, has done the same. Since February 2015, she has lobbied on behalf of the Motion Picture Association of America, whose corporate members are among the senator’s most generous donors.”

9. Leahy Swings And Misses On Taking Corporate PAC Money. “Sitting in a stairwell in the Wells Fargo Center to escape the noise of the convention hall, he defended his decision to take money from PACs. ‘I don’t know anybody who hasn’t in Vermont,’ he said. Reminded that his junior colleague had refused corporate cash — and raised more than nearly any candidate in history — Leahy pushed back.”

10. In His First Run For Senate In 1974, Leahy Called For A “Fresh, New Approach” And Played Down The Seniority Of Sen. Aiken. “Leahy promised to make up for what he lacked in seniority with youthful vigor and idealism. At his campaign kickoff that March, the Montpelier native vowed to reverse the ‘frustration and disillusionment’ many felt in government as the Watergate scandal brought the Nixon administration to its knees. ‘It is time now to bring a fresh, new approach and leadership to government,’ Leahy told some 200 supporters.”