Top Republicans Have Close Ties To Big Oil & Utility Companies

June 25, 2009 10:00 am ET

As the vote on the American Clean Energy and Security Act draws near, Republicans in the House are sure to fight it tooth and nail.  However, examining their close ties to the oil, gas and electric utility industries raises the question: "Whose side are they on?"

House Republicans Have Close Ties To The Oil & Gas Industries

The Oil & Gas Industries Have Donated Nearly $100 Million To Republican Congressional Candidates Since 1990.  According to OpenSecrets.org, the oil and gas industries have donated $99,167,266 to Republican Congressional candidates since the 1990 election cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/09]

  • Rep. Boehner Has Received Over $200,000 From The Oil & Gas Industries.  According to OpenSecrets.org, Rep. John Boehner has received $207,550 from the oil and gas industries. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/09]
  • Rep. Cantor Has Received Over $200,000 From The Oil & Gas Industries.  According to OpenSecrets.org, Rep. Eric Cantor has received $205,850 from the oil and gas industries. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/09]
  • Rep. Pence Has Received Over $160,000 From The Oil & Gas Industries.  According to OpenSecrets.org, Rep. Mike Pence has received $160,950 from the oil and gas industries. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/09]
  • Rep. Barton Has Received Over $1.3 Million From The Oil & Gas Industries.  According to OpenSecrets.org, Rep. Joe Barton has received $1,364,760 from the oil and gas industries since the 1990 election cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/09]

House Republicans Have Close Ties To The Electric Utility Industry

The Electric Utility Industry Has Donated Over $54 Million To Republican Congressional Candidates Since 1990.  According to OpenSecrets.org, the electric utility industry has donated $54,249,915 to Republican Congressional candidates since the 1990 election cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/09]

  • Rep. Boehner Has Received Over $350,000 From The Electric Utility Industry.  According to OpenSecrets.org, Rep. John Boehner has received $357,980 from the electric utility industry since the 1990 election cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/09]
  • Rep. Cantor Has Received Over $290,000 From The Electric Utility Industry.  According to OpenSecrets.org, Rep. Eric Cantor has received $297,706 from the electric utility industry. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/09]
  • Rep. Barton Has Received Over $1.2 Million From The Electric Utility Industry.  According to OpenSecrets.org, Rep. Joe Barton has received $1,246,185 from the electric utility industry since the 1990 election cycle. [OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/09]
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