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Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets in Congress (Nov 2011)

Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets in Congress (Nov 2011)

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Natural gas interests have spent more than $747 million during a 10-year campaign – stunningly successful so far – to avoid government regulation of hydraulic “fracking,” a fast-growing and environmentally risky method of tapping underground gas reserves, according to a new study by Common Cause.

A faction of the natural gas industry has directed more than $20 million to the campaigns of current members of Congress and put $726 million into lobbying aimed at shielding itself from oversight, according to the report, the third in a series of “Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets” reports produced by the non-profit government watchdog group.
Natural gas interests have spent more than $747 million during a 10-year campaign – stunningly successful so far – to avoid government regulation of hydraulic “fracking,” a fast-growing and environmentally risky method of tapping underground gas reserves, according to a new study by Common Cause.

A faction of the natural gas industry has directed more than $20 million to the campaigns of current members of Congress and put $726 million into lobbying aimed at shielding itself from oversight, according to the report, the third in a series of “Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets” reports produced by the non-profit government watchdog group.

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DEEP DRILLING, DEEP POCKETSIN CONGRESS
James Browning & Alex KaplanNovember 10, 2011
 
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About Common Cause
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by JohnGardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to holdtheir elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Today, Common Cause is one of themost active, effective, and respected nonprofit organizations working for political change inAmerica. Common Cause strives to strengthen our democracy by empowering our members,supporters and the general public to take action on critical policy issues.In this spirit, Common Cause serves as an independent voice for change and a watchdog againstcorruption and abuse of power. Together with our sister organization, the Common CauseEducation Fund, we employ a powerful combination of grassroots organizing, coalition building,research, policy development, public education, lobbying and litigation to win reform at alllevels of government.
 
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Table of Contents
Executive Summary Page 1Key Findings
 
Page 3Fracking Money in Politics Page 5
Campaign Contributions Page 5Lobbying Expenditures Page 7Independent Political Expenditures Page 8
Regulation Page 9
Failure to Regulate Page 9Can the Natural Gas Industry Regulate Itself? Page 10Regulation in the States Page 10
Conclusion Page 13Recommendations Page 13About This Report Page 14References Page 17
 
 
List of Charts and Figures
1. Fracking Industry PAC and Employee Campaign Contributions (graph) Page 42. Fracking Industry Lobbying Expenditures (graph) Page 43.
Fracking money by vote on the “Halliburton Loophole” (
chart) Page 54. Av. fracking money received by vote on the 2005 Energy Policy Act (graph) Page 55. Top 10 fracking entities by PAC and employee campaign contributions (chart) Page 66. Fracking money to energy committee members vs. non-members (chart) Page 67. Fracking money to Republicans vs. Democrats (graphic) Page 68. Top 10 entities by lobbying expenditures, 2001-2011 (chart) Page 79. Top 5 entities by lobbying expenditures, 2001-2010 (graph) Page 710. Top 100 in Congress by money received from the fracking industry (chart) Page 15

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