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How the Fracking Industry Fuels Congress

12/8/2013

The growing fracking industry is "yielding gushers" of campaign donations for congressional candidates—particularly Republicans from districts with fracking activity—according to a new report from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
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The fracking boom is yielding gushers of campaign contributions for congressional candidates from districts containing hydraulically fractured wells.

A new CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) analysis of federal campaign contribution data found:

1.    Contributions from companies operating hydraulically fractured wells and trade associations supporting the fracking industry (“the fracking industry”) to House and Senate candidates from districts and states home to fracking activity rose by 231% between the 2004 and 2012 election cycles, from approximately $2.1 million to $6.9 million.

2.    The increase is almost twice as much as the increase in contributions from the fracking industry to congressional candidates from nonfracking districts, which rose by 131%, from approximately $2.2 million to $5.1 million, during the same period.

3.    Contributions from the fracking industry to all congressional candidates increased by 180%, from approximately $4.3 million to nearly $12 million, between the 2004 and 2012 election cycles, according to CREW’s analysis. The increase outpaced contributions from the entire oil and gas industry to all congressional candidates, which increased by 104%, from approximately $17.5 million to $35.6 million, during the same period.

4.    Nearly 80% of fracking industry contributions to congressional candidates went to Republicans. In addition, only six of the top 50 recipients of fracking industry contributions among current members were Democrats. Out of 94 current fracking districts identified by CREW, only 19 are represented by Democrats. Contributions from the fracking industry to Republican congressional candidates from fracking districts increased by 268% between the 2004 and 2012 campaign cycles, from approximately $1.6 million to $6.1 million. Contributions from the fracking industry to Democratic congressional candidates from fracking districts increased by far less, 95%, from approximately $450,000 to $850,000.

5.    Senate candidates in states where fracking occurs saw fracking industry contributions increase 461%, from approximately $550,000 to nearly $3.1 million, between the 2004 and 2012 campaign cycles, compared to a 179% increase, from approximately $400,000 to $1.1 million, for Senate candidates in states without fracking activity.

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