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:
Senator Amount Kelly Ayotte(R-NH)$23,000John Barrasso (R-WY)$20,500 Roy Blunt (R-MO)$39,000 John Boozman (R-AR)$5,000 Richard Burr (R-NC)$43,500 Dan Coats (R-IN)$24,500 Tom Coburn (R-OK)$22,000 Bob Corker (R-TN)$10,000 John Cornyn (R-TX)$10,000 Mike Crapo (R-ID)$28,500 Jim DeMint (R-SC)$22,000 Chuck Grassley (R-IA)$27,000 Orrin Hatch (R-UT)$9,000 Dean Heller (R-NV)$1,000 John Hoeven (R-ND)$35,000 Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)$1,000 Jim Inhofe (R-OK)$1,000 Johnny Isakson (R-GA)$20,500 Ron Johnson (R-WI)$13,500 Mike Lee (R-UT)$10,000 Dick Lugar (R-IN)$7,000 Joe Manchin (D-WV)$2,500 John McCain (R-AZ)$10,000 Mitch McConnell (R-KY)$10,000 Jerry Moran (R-KS)$16,000 Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)$40,000 Rand Paul (R-KY)$10,000 Rob Portman (R-OH)$43,500 Marco Rubio (R-FL)$23,000 Jeff Sessions (R-AL)$1,000 Richard Shelby (R-AL)$18,000 John Thune (R-SD)$29,000 Patrick Toomey (R-PA)$25,500 David Vitter (R-LA)$31,000 Roger Wicker (R-MS)$11,500 Total$644,400
Methodology: January 30, 2012 search of Center for Responsive PoliticsPAC 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.