Uncategorized

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.

Check Also

Civitas does the right thing about its controversial website…sort of

There is good news (at least it appears ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

This story has been updated with comments from Jim Womack, who did not respond earlier to questions. [...]

For the 18 months, Gary Brown has been traveling through northeastern North Carolina like an itinera [...]

It will be at least another month before state Superintendent Mark Johnson can take over at the helm [...]

Eric Hall, in the midst of a rainy drive to rural Robeson County to pitch North Carolina’s ambitious [...]

The latest effort in Washington to repeal and not actually replace the Affordable Care Act has a dif [...]

Conservative group “reviewing” bigoted attacks; funding from major NC corporations implicated Nearly [...]

5---number of days since Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham unveiled a new proposal to repeal [...]

The post The stench of hate speech appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more