REPRESENTATIVE BENNIE THOMPSON (D-MS) Ranking Minority Member, House Committee on Homeland Security Joined committee: 2003 Assumed leadership

: 2005 Elected to Congress: 1993 Formed PAC: 2005 Rep. Thompson served as ranking member of the committee from 2005 to 2006, during which time he saw a drastic increase in contributions to his campaign and leadership PAC from homeland security industries. Rep. Thompson also served as chairman from 2007 to 2010. During his time as chairman, Rep. Thompson voted favorably with the industries regulated by the Homeland Security Committee. Over the past seven election cycles, as Rep. Thompson joined the committee and rose in seniority, contributions from homeland security industries to Rep. Thompson increased at a rate outpacing his total contributions. Campaign Contributions from the Homeland Security Sector 1998 Election Cycle $64,750 $371,402 2010 Election Cycle $406,650 $2,034,456 % Change 528% 448%

Industry Contributions Total Contributions 

During the 2006 election cycle – the first election cycle after Rep. Thompson assumed a leadership position on the committee – contributions from homeland security industries to his campaign committee and PAC increased by 186% over the previous cycle, from $97,980 to $279,811. In contrast, total contributions increased by 91% during the same time period, from $756,391 to $1,447,973. During the 2010 election cycle, homeland security industries accounted for 20% of the $2,034,456 in total contributions received by Rep. Thompson’s campaign committee and PAC. During the 1998 election cycle, homeland security industries accounted for 17% of the $371,402 in total contributions received by Rep. Thompson’s campaign committee.

Campaign Contribution highlights from industries regulated by the Committee1  The ‘Transportation Unions’ industry donated nearly four times more money to Rep. Thompson during the 2010 election cycle than during the 1998 election cycle, increasing its contributions from $29,500 to $117,000.

                                                            
This section highlights committee industries that significantly increased their donations to the committee leader between the 1998 and 2010 election cycles.
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The ‘Defense Aerospace’ industry donated nearly 32 times more money to Rep. Thompson during the 2010 election cycle than during the 1998 election cycle, increasing its contributions from $1,500 to $47,900. The ‘Air Transport’ industry donated 10 times more money to Rep. Thompson during the 2010 election cycle than during the 1998 election cycle, increasing its contributions from $5,000 to $50,000.

Votes on Homeland Security Issues  From 2007-2008, Rep. Thompson voted on average 91% in agreement with the industries regulated by the Homeland Security Committee. The average Democrat voted in agreement with the industries 85% of the time. From 2009-2010, Rep. Thompson voted on average 76% in agreement with the industries regulated by the Homeland Security Committee. The average Democrat voted in agreement with the industries 69% of the time. Since January 2011, Rep. Thompson has voted on average 53% in agreement with the industries regulated by the Homeland Security Committee. The average Democrat has voted in agreement with the industries 52% of the time.

Voting history for industries regulated by the Committee2  Rep. Thompson cast 23 votes on issues relevant to the ‘Transportation Unions’ industry from 2007-2008. He voted in agreement with the industry 100% of the time. The average Democrat cast 22 votes on ‘Transportation Unions’ issues and voted in agreement with the industry 91% of the time.

                                                            
This section highlights instances during the 110th-112th Congresses when the committee leader voted more favorably on industry issues than the average party member. In some instances, committee leaders voted more often on issues relevant to their industry than the average party member.
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