Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) is pushing an amendment that would further delay the implementation of EPA rules regarding power plants, something that a spokesman from Clean Air Watch “called a ‘hair-raising prospect’ given the ‘massive’ pollution from coal-fired power plants.”
Electric utility company donors, of course, are the top-giving industry to Whitfield so far this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
- Whitfield and his leadership political action committee (PAC) have received $95,500 from electric utilities. Oil and gas companies come in at 4th this year with $35,500.
- The donors to his leadership PAC in the first six months of the year include several energy industry company PACs—Progress Energy, Allegheny Energy, Dominion Power, and others.
- During his time in Congress, Whitfield has received $342,865 in campaign contributions from the employees and PACs of electric utility companies and $923,000 overall from the energy and natural resources sector.
- On March 30, Whitfield held a fundraiser at the office of Bracewell & Giuliani, a lobbying firm whose clients this year include Arch Coal, Duke Energy, Chesapeake Energy, and several other electric utility and oil and gas companies.