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Big Oil Backers of Keystone XL Pipeline Gave Big to Senate GOP Allies
On Monday, 43 Senate Republicans and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced legislation to circumvent the Obama administration and approve the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline A ThinkProgress Green analysis reveals at least 35 of the 44 senators backing the proposal have received special interest political action committee contributions from the biggest backers of the pipeline since the start of the 2010 cycle.
$644,400 went to 35 of those senators who have endorsed this measure. Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Rob Portman (R-OH) received the most, with $43,500 each. Manchin received $2,500 and the rest went to Republicans.
The most active companies and trade associations lobbying for the pipeline over the last three months were the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ConocoPhillips, the Business Roundtable, Shell Oil, ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, Deere & Company, TransCanada Pipelines, and Devon Energy.
Of those, the PACs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, Deere & Company, and Devon Energy all made contributions to federal candidates over the past three years.
Here are their totals:
SenatorAmountKelly Ayotte(R-NH)$23,000John Barrasso (R-WY)$20,500Roy Blunt (R-MO)$39,000John Boozman (R-AR)$5,000Richard Burr (R-NC)$43,500Dan Coats (R-IN)$24,500Tom Coburn (R-OK)$22,000Bob Corker (R-TN)$10,000John Cornyn (R-TX)$10,000Mike Crapo (R-ID)$28,500Jim DeMint (R-SC)$22,000Chuck Grassley (R-IA)$27,000Orrin Hatch (R-UT)$9,000Dean Heller (R-NV)$1,000John Hoeven (R-ND)$35,000Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)$1,000Jim Inhofe (R-OK)$1,000Johnny Isakson (R-GA)$20,500Ron Johnson (R-WI)$13,500Mike Lee (R-UT)$10,000Dick Lugar (R-IN)$7,000Joe Manchin (D-WV)$2,500John McCain (R-AZ)$10,000Mitch McConnell (R-KY)$10,000Jerry Moran (R-KS)$16,000Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)$40,000Rand Paul (R-KY)$10,000Rob Portman (R-OH)$43,500Marco Rubio (R-FL)$23,000Jeff Sessions (R-AL)$1,000Richard Shelby (R-AL)$18,000John Thune (R-SD)$29,000Patrick Toomey (R-PA)$25,500David Vitter (R-LA)$31,000Roger Wicker (R-MS)$11,500 Total$644,400
Methodology: January 30, 2012 search of Center for Responsive Politics PAC data for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ConocoPhillips, the Business Roundtable, Shell Oil, ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, Deere & Company, TransCanada Pipelines, and Devon Energy. For active PACs for those companies and trade associations, tallied all PAC to campaign committee payments over the 2010 and 2012 cycles to U.S. Senators supporting the Keystone XL legislation.