REPRESENTATIVE DOC HASTINGS (R-WA) Chairman, House Committee on Natural Resources Joined committee: 2009 Assumed leadership: 2009 Elected

to Congress: 1994 Formed PAC: None During the 110th Congress, prior to joining the committee, Rep. Hastings voted favorably with natural resources industries a majority of the time. The following election cycle when Rep. Hastings became ranking member, contributions from natural resources industries increased drastically. Over the past seven election cycles, as Rep. Hastings joined the committee and rose in seniority, contributions from natural resources industries increased at a rate far outpacing his total contributions. Campaign Contributions from the Natural Resources Sector 1998 Election Cycle $22,977 $1,186,268 2010 Election Cycle $152,026 $1,056,576 % Change 562% -11%

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During the 2010 election cycle – the first election cycle after Rep. Hastings assumed a leadership position on the committee – contributions from natural resources industries increased by 378% over the previous cycle, from $31,800 to $152,026. In contrast, total contributions 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 Committee1  The ‘Oil and Gas’ industry donated more than 11 times more money to Rep. Hastings during the 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 its contributions from $2,000 to $16,680.

                                                            
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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Votes on Natural Resources Issues  From 2007-2008, Rep. Hastings voted on average 63% in agreement with the industries regulated by the Natural Resources Committee. The average Republican voted in agreement with the industries 55% of the time. From 2009-2010, Rep. Hastings voted on average 52% in agreement with the industries regulated by the Natural Resources Committee. The average Republican voted in agreement with the industries 50% of the time. Since January 2011, Rep. Hastings has voted on average 41% in agreement with the industries regulated by the Natural Resources Committee. The average Republican has voted in agreement with the industries 60% of the time.

Voting history for specific industries regulated by the Committee2  Rep. Hastings cast eight votes on issues relevant to the ‘Mining’ industry from 2007-2008. He voted in agreement with the industry 100% of the time. In contrast, the average Republican cast eight votes on ‘Mining’ issues and voted in agreement with the industry 85% of the time. Rep. Hastings cast 25 votes on issues relevant to the ‘Oil and Gas’ industry from 2007-2008. He voted in agreement with the industry 84% of the time. In contrast, the average Republican cast 24 votes on ‘Oil and Gas’ issues and voted in agreement with the industry 72% of the time. Rep. Hastings cast seven votes on issues relevant to the ‘Fisheries and Wildlife’ industry from 2007-2008. He voted in agreement with the industry 71% of the time. In contrast, the average Republican cast seven votes on ‘Fisheries and Wildlife’ issues and voted in agreement with the industry 44% 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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