10/11/11

Criminality Pays GOP and 19 Anti-EPA Democrats in The House

Energy, Manufacturing Interests Get Their Way on House Bill to Evaluate Impact of EPA | MAPLight.org - Money and Politics:

"Industries that supported the measure (Republican/Conservative, Electric Power utilities, Chemicals, Petroleum refining & marketing, etc.) gave on average 3.4 times as much to representatives who voted 'YES', ($48,524) as they gave to representatives who voted 'NO' ($14,176). Environmental groups, who opposed the measure, gave on average 5.5 times as much to representatives who voted 'NO' ($4,609) as they gave to those who voted 'YES' ($832).

The difference was even more pronounced among certain supporting industries, including Mining (19 times as much to lawmakers voting 'YES' as to lawmakers voting 'NO'), Petroleum refining and marketing (5.4 times as much to lawmakers voting 'YES' as to lawmakers voting 'NO') and Manufacturing (5.2 times as much to lawmakers voting 'YES' as to lawmakers voting 'NO').

The 19 House Democrats who broke party ranks and voted 'YES' received on average $35,059 from supporting groups, 168% more than the average $13,077 received by the 165 Democrats who opposed the bill."

 I define criminality as payments of up to $40K to Representatives who cave in to the Right and its corporate masters.


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