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New report: Fracking industry spending big bucks in Congress

The good people at Common Cause are out with a powerful new report this morning on the extent of the fracking industry’s skyrocketing political expenditures. This is from the report (“Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets in Congress”):

“From 2001 through June 2011, the fracking industry gave $20.5 million to current members of Congress and spend $276 million on lobbying.”

This is from a release from Common Cause of North Carolina that accompanied the release of the report:

“Top recipients in North Carolina will include Sen. Richard Burr (R), Rep. Sue Myrick (R), and Rep. Patrick McHenry (R). Burr is the single-biggest recipient of fracking money among members of Congress from states where fracking is not currently allowed, and the 16th-biggest recipient overall. 

Ten of the state’s 15 Congressional delegation (House and Senate members) have taken in more than $350,000 in fracking contributions during the last decade with 60% of those contributions directed to Senator Burr.”

Read the entire report by clicking here.

One Comment


  1. david esmay

    November 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Burr and McHenry are political whores, they wouldn’t just sell favors to lobbyists, they’ll sell their souls to them and the corporations they represent. Neither one of these guys has a moral or ethical bone in his body, on one hand Burr is trying to kill the SBA, and McHenry is bending over for any financial institution he can find. Pathetic.

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