REPRESENTATIVE NICK RAHALL II (D-WV)Ranking Minority Member, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Joined committee: 1997
Assumed leadership: 2011Elected to Congress: 1976Formed PAC: 2005Prior to becoming ranking member, Rep. Rahall voted favorably with the transportationand infrastructure industries a majority of the time. Over the past seven election cycles, theindustries have more than doubled their contributions to Rep. Rahall.Campaign Contributions from the Transportation and Infrastructure Sector
1998 Election Cycle 2010 Election Cycle % ChangeIndustry Contributions
$114,100 $236,400 107%
$534,405 $1,280,682 140%
During 2010 election cycle – the election cycle prior to Rep. Rahall’s first term in aleadership position in the committee – contributions from transportation and infrastructureindustries increased by 16% over the previous cycle, from $204,550 to $236,400. Totalcontributions increased by 46% during the same time period, from $877,387 to $1,280,682.
During the 2010 election cycle, transportation and infrastructure industries accounted for18% of the $1,280,682 in total contributions received by Rep. Rahall’s campaign committeeand PAC.
During the 1998 election cycle, transportation and infrastructure industries accounted for21% of the $534,405 in total contributions received by Rep. Rahall’s campaign committee.Campaign Contribution highlights from industries regulated by the Committee
The ‘Sea Transport’ industry donated nearly 13 times more money to Rep. Rahall during the2010 election cycle than during the 1998 election cycle, increasing its contributions from$1,500 to $19,000.
CREW reviewed the online editions of the Congressional Directory from the U.S. Government Printing Officesavailable from the 105th Congress (1997-1998) through the 111th Congress (2009-2010). Therefore, the Congressmember has been a member of the committee since at least 1997 and possibly earlier.
Full campaign contribution data is not yet available for the 2012 election cycle, the first election cycle after Rep.Rahall assumed a leadership position in the committee.
This section highlights committee industries that significantly increased their donations to the committee leaderbetween the 1998 and 2010 election cycles.