Who owns your Congressman? Corporate Sponsors!

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Politics is big business, with millions spent each year trying to sway the electoral process.

Which industries, businesses and outside interests have donated the most to which candidates?

How Much Money Are We Talking About?

In short, lots. Here’s a look at what candidates in 2013-2014 have raised for this election cycle:

House Total $289,091,174* Democrats $125,189,570 Republicans $163,856,570

Senate Total $152,410,147* Democrats $81,976,934 Republicans $70,387,430 * Independents not included in party breakdowns Their combined fundraising is $441,501,321. That’s enough to … … pay the average heating bills of every resident of the District of Columbia … pay the average co-pays for 22 million doctor visits … pay the average grocery bill for 400,000 four-person families

Following the Money

Where does all this cash come from?

Here’s a look at which industries have given the most to which parties:

Industry              Amount D R

Retired   $38,883,345 47% 46%

Securities & investment $32,988,928 31% 55%

Lawyers& law firms $24,522,332 68% 28%

Real estate         $18,005,439 41% 53%

Health professionals $16,335,505 39% 55%

Candidate committees $16,214,155 45% 55%

Insurance         $11,989,733 38% 62% Leadership

PACs         $11,491,828 43% 57% Oil & gas          $9,895,507 12% 86%

Business services $8,482,996 48% 44% TV/movies/music         $8,374,264 63% 34% Lobbyists         $8,016,021 49% 50%

Pharmaceutical/health $7,875,015 40% 60%

Public sector unions $7,647,169 52% 5%

Manufacturing/distribution $7,298,056 30% 68%

Building trade unions $6,976,125 57% 11%

Commercial banks $6,887,181 30% 70%

Computers/Internet $6,821,386 53% 36%

Electric utilities $6,631,879 36% 64%

Here’s a look at the 20 businesses and organizations that contributed the most for lobbying efforts in 2013:

Business/organization Lobbying total U.S. Chamber of Commerce $51,955,000

National Assn. of Realtors $25,943,435

Blue Cross/Blue Shield $17,076,780

American Hospital Assn. $14,106,478

Comcast Corp. $13,950,000

General Electric $13,840,000

Pharmaceutical Rsrch & Mfrs of America $13,802,500

American Medical Assn. $13,775,000

National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. $13,270,000

Northrop Grumman $13,200,000

AT&T Inc. $12,300,000

Boeing Co. $11,460,000

Google Inc. $11,460,000

Lockheed Martin $11,117,466

National Assn. of Broadcasters $10,650,000

Exxon Mobil $10,630,000

Verizon Communications $10,143,000

United Technologies $9,980,373

American Chemistry Council $9,490,000

Grocery Manufacturers Assn. $9,350,000

Where It Goes

Here’s a look at some of the Congressional candidates who’ve raised the most money:

House John Boehner, R-Ohio Total: $9,074,336

Top contributing industries (donations to campaign committee, 2013-2014)

Industry               Total      Individuals                   PACs

Retired                $496,367      $496,367         $0

Securities & investment       $441,355      $381,355         $60,000

Oil & gas               $249,189      $164,189         $85,000

Real estate               $200,600      $188,600         $12,000 Electric utilities       $164,000      $75,500         $88,500

Frank Pallone, D-N.J. Total: $3,831,722 Top contributing industries (donations to campaign committee, 2013-2014)

Industry                     Total              Individuals PACs

Health professionals              $249,550              $35,050         $214,500

Pharmaceuticals & health products     $84,000               $6,500          $77,500

Lawyers & law firms               $66,750              $45,250          $21,500

Lobbyists                       $42,550              $40,550           $2,000

TV/movies/music                       $40,800              $15,450          $25,350

Senate Cory Booker, D-N.J. Total: $12,867,688

Top contributing industries (donations to campaign committee, 2009-2014)

Industry              Total       Individuals            PACs

Securities & investment      $1,197,642        $1,197,642      $0

Lawyers & law firms      $1,027,702          $976,207      $51,495

Real estate                $476,450          $471,450      $5,000

TV/movies/music                $366,780          $359,180      $7,600

Miscellaneous finance        $260,250          $260,250      $0

Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Total: $17,246,609

Top contributing industries (donations to campaign committee, 2009-2014)

Industry              Total       Individuals      PACs

Securities & investment    $1,129,038       $883,538             $245,500

Insurance              $760,525       $311,025             $449,500

Health professionals      $649,025       $413,525             $235,500

Retired                      $644,157       $644,157             $0

Oil & gas              $621,258       $367,259             $253,999

Worth the Money?

With more than $400 million spent in this election cycle on Congressional races, is this a wise investment? Maybe not, when you consider the lack of action lately in Congress. Substantive public laws passed 2013  44 2007  120 Average 1999-2012  70 (mediachecker->we’ve too many laws as it is with Obama making them by executive order, iow, being a dictator. We don’t need more laws – we just need our elected official to watch out for the we the people.

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SOURCES:

http://www.opensecrets.org/

http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/

http://crp.org

http://www.masters-in-accounting.org/congressman/

These 6 Corporations Control 90% of the Media in America (the illusion of choice)!

https://mediachecker.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-the-illusion-of-choice/

Exposing Media Corporate Sponsorship at CNN…

https://mediachecker.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/exposing-media-corporate-sponsorship-at-cnn/

How many of them arrive in Washington DC as an average wage-earner and leave as a millionaire with a highly lucrative job awaiting them in the Industrial Complex?

Maybe Term limits would bring some control. And at least make them wear uniforms like race car drivers so we know who their Corporate Sponsors are.

Over 60% of the American people today don’t want Obamacare, yet they continue to push it, have a look at the medical lobbying donations to politicians above. Same goes for the gangster banksters and Obama’s push for the TPP on their behalf, and so on…

And then there’s the Main Stream Media’s Corporate Sponsors!

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