Got this interesting press release August 15th from an outfit called “MapLight” which tracks who gives political contributions to whom…
Aug. 15, 2011 – MapLight has conducted an analysis of campaign contributions to the 12 members of Congress appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. The members of the so-called “Super Committee” are Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), and Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.).
To download a spreadsheet featuring an analysis of contributions from PACs to Super Committee members (not including employee contributions) click here.
Top 10 Industry Contributors to Super Committee Members
Lawyers/Law Firms $31,529,149
Securities & Investment $11,221,416
Health Professionals $9,321,588
Real Estate $8,793,350
Misc. Business $7,902,021
Business Services $6,563,524
Women’s Issues $6,396,728
Top 10 Organization Contributors (PACs and Employees) to Super Committee Members
Club for Growth $1,008,884
Microsoft Corp. $810,100
University of California $629,495
Goldman Sachs $592,684
EMILY’s List $594,883
Citigroup Inc. $561,081
JPMorgan Chase & Co. $494,316
Bank of America $349,566
Skadden, Arps, et al. $347,356
General Electric $340,935
Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions from Jan. 1, 2001 – Dec. 31, 2010 to the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. Campaign contributions and industry classifications established by the Center for Responsive Politics ( OpenSecrets.org).
Link to this data release here .
MapLight, a political money tracker, reveals money’s influence on politics.
COMMENT: Looking at who is giving money to which Congressman or Senator…one can probably gusess what the Committee of 12 is going to come up with.
I once had a discussion with a high-ranking Mexzican government official about corruption in Mexico versus the United States. His comment was “the only difference is you can buy your politicians openly.”