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Natural Cash: How the Fracking Industry Fuels Congress,

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A new CREW analysis of federal campaign contribution data tracked by MapLight found contributions from the industry to House and Senate candidates from districts and states home to fracking activity rose by 231 percent between the 2004 and 2012 election c

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JL A (281)
Friday November 22, 2013, 11:13 pm
Natural CashNatural CashThe fracking boom is yielding gushers of campaign contributions for congressional candidates from districts containing hydraulically fractured wells. A new CREW analysis of federal campaign contribution data tracked by MapLight found contributions from the industry to House and Senate candidates from districts and states home to fracking activity rose by 231 percent between the 2004 and 2012 election cycles. In contrast, industry contributions to candidates from nonfracking districts rose by 131 percent, over the same time period.

Chart - Fracking Industry contributions to senate candidates“Like many industries under increasing scrutiny, the fracking industry has responded by ratcheting up campaign donations to help make new friends in Congress,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. “As CREW’s report shows, the fracking boom isn’t just good for the industry, but also for congressional candidates in fracking districts.”

The steady increases in federal campaign contributions from the fracking industry correlate with the intensifying debate over whether the federal government should have more oversight of the industry. For example, the biggest increase in industry contributions — nearly 41 percent between the 2010 and 2012 election cycles — came at a time when Congress was actively debating fracking.

The top 10 recipients of fracking industry contributions are a mix of strong industry supporters and Republican leadership. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), chairman emeritus of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, received the most contributions, raking in $509,447 between the 2004 and 2012 election cycles — over $100,000 more than the next closest recipient, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who received $384,700. While serving as chairman of the committee, Rep. Barton sponsored the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which exempted fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act. Overall, nearly 80 percent of fracking industry contributions went to Republican congressional candidates.

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SuSanne P (193)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 4:24 am
Fracking Industry Contributions to the 113th Congress : By State
Sen. Barbara Boxer D CA Senate $6650 Yes
Sen. Dianne Feinstein D CA Senate $74800 Yes
Rep. Julia Brownley D CA 26 $700 Yes
It sickens me how few don't have a piece of the poisonous pie.

Helen P (39)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 4:31 am
You say they pay to kill us, our planet, our animals?

Just wait and see what they pay when this tenure on Earth is over.

Kerrie G (116)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 6:44 am
Noted, thanks.

. (0)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 7:09 am
Great article, Jl. Thanks for sharing.

Franshisca D (89)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 7:34 am
Good article. TY JL. A

JL A (281)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 8:09 am
You are welcome SuSanne, Kerrie, Laura and Franshisca.

Kit B (276)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 9:25 am

Should we use the words FRACKING, Congress and ethics in the same sentence? We may not be able to make candidates or Congressional representatives (both Houses and the presidency) think differently, but we can vote them out and begin again. We can tell them we are watching and if one cent comes from anything but public funds, we will not vote for them. We need a clean slate, We can over rule the Supreme Court by our actions, we can pay attention we can demand full transparency, we can be the ethics that so many of these folks lack. I would also demand that Congress pass a law that not one warm body from K Street is allowed with in a 500 yards of any Congressional office building and no one that is either elected or appointed to a job within the government can take a job in any lobby or so-called think tank for not less than 5 years after leaving government service.

That would include any freebies offered, the loan of plane, a paid "junket" aka vacation, the loan of a bus or cars, the gift of a watch, anything for campaign use or personal use for any reason. Tell all of the vultures to keep their money in their pockets, we have had enough! Enough!

A very large part of the reason that Congress is such a vile mess, so contentious is they are all fighting for the same money pool. Take away the money and we could begin to clean up our government.

Theodore S (56)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 11:19 am
Corporations are the de facto government and if we're not careful they will come to rule over us and we won't have any say at all.

Barbara D (23)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 12:16 pm
YES--We Ohioans do need to vote Kasich out of office--it is disgraceful and disgusting how the state can cut spending for EDUCATION, BUT-YET-AFFORD TO FIGHT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FIGHT AGAINST FRACKING--FOR SHAME OHIO--THIS IS WHY KASICH MUST GO---OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 12:50 pm
Don't have enough stars for Kit- and nothing at all to add to her comment!!

If there was a WEEKLY analysis with data tracked up-to-date we'd all probably faint...

Birgit W (160)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 2:43 pm
Noted, thanks.

Lin P (92)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 9:28 am
Thanks J.L.A - My, the atrocities we humans have and are committing against the world that gives them life - all in the name of Money and all it represents to we humans. Death and extinctions are now the primary representatives of money.


kate K (481)
Monday November 25, 2013, 11:39 am
Great article thank you Jl

JL A (281)
Monday November 25, 2013, 6:36 pm
You are welcome Birgit, Lin and Kate

Sergio P (65)
Tuesday December 3, 2013, 2:33 pm
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