Thursday, April 30, 2015

Marcellus Gas Industry Campaign Contributions Up 47 Percent

A new study finds a 47 percent increase in campaign donations from the natural gas industry to Pennsylvania politicians in the 2013-2014 election cycle (over 2011-2012). Lobbying expenditures grew 13 percent over the same period.
The study was done by, a project of Common Cause and the PA and Conservation Voters of PA that tracks campaign contributions of the gas drilling industry. 
Quick Facts:
-- Natural gas campaign contributions (2013-2014): $2,819,109
-- Total contributions (since 2007): $8,221,909
-- Natural gas lobbying expenditures (2013-2014): $17,903,738
-- Total lobbying (since 2007): $46,869,515
In 2013-2014, natural gas industry donations were made to:
-- Republican candidates and PACs totaled $2,195,254.
-- Democratic candidates and PACs totaled $519,814.
In the executive branch, 2013-2014 natural gas donations were made to:
-- Gov. Tom Corbett totaled $794,884.
-- The Republican Governors Association totaled $501,377.
-- Gov. Tom Wolf totaled $59,500.
-- Katie McGinty totaled $72,500.
In the General Assembly, 2013-2014 natural gas donations were made to:
-- Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati totaled $101,788.
-- House Majority Leader Dave Reed totaled $81,250.
-- Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa totaled $48,700.
-- Representative Jeffrey Pyle totaled $44,745.
-- Former Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi totaled $43,000.
-- Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman totaled $40,750.
-- House Speaker Mike Turzai totaled $27,500.
For more information, the full data sheet, and analysis of the impacts of these expenditures, read the full report at

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