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c.r.e.a.m. “dolla dolla bill y’all” July 27, 2007

Posted by KG in campaign finance, environment, politics.

gravel speaks on campaign finance…don’t take this as an endorsement hah – not sure about that specific correlation between edwards, fortress, humana and his universal healthcare proposal but he makes his point about contribution money: “in the old days we used to call this conflict of interest, right now we call this politics as usual.”

interesting and telling report on “energy and environmental giving in the states” (pdf) by the national institute on money in state politics. some interesting stats:

“Non-individual contributors from the oil and gas, electric utilities and coal mining industries
contributed $58.3 million to state-level candidates and party committees from 2003 through 2006.1
On the other side, pro-environmental policy organizations gave $2.1 million and alternative
energy interests contributed almost $564,000. “

“Republican candidates and party committees collected 75 percent more
than Democrats from energy interests while pro-environmental groups
contributed almost five times more to Democrats than Republicans.”

top energy contributor between 2003 and 2006 was chevron with $3.28 million, while top pro-environmental contributor between same time period was the california league of conservation voters with $244,950.

screenshot of the top recipients of those energy industry dollars (click on screenshot for full view):


if you go to their website at http://www.followthemoney.org you can see where your elected officials are getting their money from. lots of interesting data broken down by economic sector, business vs. labor, individual vs. institutional, and geographic location.

http://www.opensecrets.org has this page dedicated to the 2008 race with contribution info for each candidate.

also, another good resource is http://www.maplight.org where you can also track the money each candidate received in relation to a specific congressional bill, in addition to basic campaign contributions.

russ feingold’s top ten campaign contributors:


chuck hagel’s top ten campaign contributors:


my formula for the day:

too much $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ + politics = bad.



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