REPRESENTATIVE DOC HASTINGS (R-WA)Chairman, House Committee on Natural Resources
Joined committee: 2009Assumed leadership: 2009Elected to Congress: 1994Formed PAC: NoneDuring the 110th Congress, prior to joining the committee, Rep. Hastings voted favorablywith natural resources industries a majority of the time. The following election cycle when Rep.Hastings became ranking member, contributions from natural resources industries increaseddrastically. Over the past seven election cycles, as Rep. Hastings joined the committee and rosein seniority, contributions from natural resources industries increased at a rate far outpacing histotal contributions.Campaign Contributions from the Natural Resources Sector
1998 Election Cycle 2010 Election Cycle % ChangeIndustry Contributions
$22,977 $152,026 562%
$1,186,268 $1,056,576 -11%
During the 2010 election cycle – the first election cycle after Rep. Hastings assumed aleadership position on the committee – contributions from natural resources industriesincreased by 378% over the previous cycle, from $31,800 to $152,026. In contrast, totalcontributions increased by 72% during the same time period, from $615,270 to $1,056,576.
During the 2010 election cycle, natural resources industries accounted for 14% of the$1,056,576 in total contributions received by Rep. Hastings’ campaign committee and PAC.
During the 1998 election cycle, natural resources industries accounted for 2% of the$1,186,268 in total contributions received by Rep. Hastings’ campaign committee.Campaign Contribution highlights from industries regulated by the Committee
The ‘Oil and Gas’ industry donated more than 11 times more money to Rep. Hastings duringthe 2010 election cycle than during the 1998 election cycle, increasing its contributions from$8,000 to $91,671.
The ‘Fisheries and Wildlife’ industry donated more than eight times more money to Rep.Hastings during the 2010 election cycle than during the 1998 election cycle, increasing itscontributions from $2,000 to $16,680.
This section highlights committee industries that significantly increased their donations to the committee leaderbetween the 1998 and 2010 election cycles.