House GOP Fall Agenda To Benefit Energy Interests

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The Washington Post reported this morning that House Republicans will push to roll back any number of government regulations in the fall and that “the next month or so will focus on [Environmental Protection Agency] regulations.”

Here are some related energy industry numbers from the Center for Responsive Politics on campaign fundraising so far this cycle:

  • Oil and gas interests have donated $2.7 million so far this year to House members, with 89 percent of the contributions going to Republicans. Freshman Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) tops the list with $101,500 in contributions.
  • Coal mining interests have donated $683,458 to House members this year, with 94 percent of those funds, or $645,522, going to Republicans and $37,936 going to Democrats. Freshman Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) is the biggest recipient so far this year, with $132,978 in donations from the industry.
  • Electric utility interests have donated nearly $2.5 million to House members in 2011. Seventy-one percent of those donations, or nearly $1.8 million, went to Republicans and $718,056 went to Democrats. The top recipient is Speaker of the House John Boehner with $139,000 in donations from the industry.

  • The campaign committee and leadership PAC for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the member who wrote the memo that the Washington Post article was based on, have received $275,000 in campaign cash from the energy and natural resources sector so far this cycle. That includes $66,950 from oil and gas interests, $102,400 from electric utilities, and $50,094 from coal mining.

These three industries have also spent millions so far this year on lobbying Congress. Coal interests have spent $9 million, oil and gas companies have spent $75 million, and electric utilities have spent $74 million.