Sunday, January 15, 2012

How Much Would 'Huge Political Consequences' From the Oil & Gas Industry Cost?

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By Jeffrey ErnstFriedman

Last week, the head of the American Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerard, delivered a message to President Obama: approve the Keystone XL pipeline or face "huge political consequences." As the president of an energy trade association that bills itself as the only national trade association representing all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry, Gerard could possess the clout to make good on his threat. In a recent two-year time frame, contributions to current members of the House of Representatives from individuals and PACs connected to the Oil & Gas industry have totaled nearly $12 million.

The decision on the Keystone pipeline has placed the White House between high-contributing environmental policy groups that oppose the creation of the pipeline and sagging poll numbers tied to a troubled economy that would benefit from the creation of new construction projects.

As of now, House Republicans have only been successful in forcing a decision, but not in determining the outcome. On July 26, 2011 the House of Representatives passed HR 1938, a bill that would direct the President to expedite the consideration and approval of the construction and operation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the measure died in the Senate. However, as part of the payroll tax package signed into law, the White House will ultimately be required to make a decision on whether to approve the pipeline by Feb. 21, 2012. In the event that anyone forgets how long the President has had since the clock started ticking, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has provided one.
  • Of the 118 House members who have the Oil & Gas Industry amongst their top 10 contributing industry groups, only two representatives (Edward Markey and Charles Bass) voted against the deadline on the Keystone pipeline decision imposed in HR 1938.
  • Amongst the 195 House members who have the Oil & Gas industry amongst their top 20 contributing interest groups, only 10 voted against the deadline imposed in HR 1938.
Below is a contribution analysis compiled by MapLight revealing which lawmakers' campaign coffers would suffer the most from a retreat by interests connected to the Oil & Gas industry and, for reference, how those lawmakers voted on HR 1938. The first column in the table represents where the Oil & Gas industry ranks compared to other contributing industries. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in MapLight's "Top 10" lists.

Click here to download a spreadsheet with contributions from Oil & Gas to all current members of the House of Representatives (July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2011) and Senate (July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2011). The spreadsheet also includes contributions connected to Environmental protection interest groups.

Rank of Oil & Gas as a Contributing Interest GroupNameVote on HR 1938Total (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2011)
1stRep. Steven Pearce [R, NM-2]AYE$370,020
Rep. Mike Pompeo [R, KS-4]AYE$333,156
Rep. Bill Flores [R, TX-17]AYE$266,184
Rep. Cory Gardner [R, CO-4]AYE$205,124
Rep. Dan Boren [D, OK-2]AYE$201,800
Rep. John Sullivan [R, OK-1]AYE$179,200
Rep. Jeff Landry [R, LA-3]AYE$176,050
Rep. Tim Griffin [R, AR-2]AYE$164,709
Rep. James Lankford [R, OK-5]AYE$156,760
Rep. Rick Berg [R, ND-0]AYE$151,561
Rep. Michael Conaway [R, TX-11]AYE$136,850
Rep. Tim Murphy [R, PA-18]AYE$133,700
Rep. Dennis Rehberg [R, MT-0]AYE$133,152
Rep. Steve Scalise [R, LA-1]AYE$125,335
Rep. Francisco Canseco [R, TX-23]AYE$121,767
Rep. Pete Olson [R, TX-22]AYE$106,400
Rep. Tom Cole [R, OK-4]AYE$103,400
Rep. Cynthia Lummis [R, WY-0]AYE$97,750
Rep. Doc Hastings [R, WA-4]AYE$97,171
Rep. Kevin Brady [R, TX-8]AYE$94,900
Rep. John Culberson [R, TX-7]AYE$91,550
Rep. Kay Granger [R, TX-12]AYE$79,850
Rep. Ted Poe [R, TX-2]AYE$79,700
Rep. Glenn Thompson [R, PA-5]AYE$73,600
Rep. William Thornberry [R, TX-13]AYE$68,425
Rep. Blake Farenthold [R, TX-27]AYE$67,600
Rep. Mike Coffman [R, CO-6]AYE$61,250
Rep. Ralph Hall [R, TX-4]AYE$55,208
Rep. Doug Lamborn [R, CO-5]AYE$39,750
Rep. Rob Bishop [R, UT-1]AYE$21,750
2ndRep. John Fleming [R, LA-4]AYE$203,400
Rep. Mike Ross [D, AR-4]AYE$141,450
Rep. Bob Gibbs [R, OH-18]AYE$78,800
Rep. Bill Cassidy [R, LA-6]AYE$77,000
Rep. Scott Tipton [R, CO-3]AYE$66,250
Rep. Gregg Harper [R, MS-3]AYE$54,250
Rep. Todd Platts [R, PA-19]AYE$6,400
3rdRep. Joe Barton [R, TX-6]AYE$137,270
Rep. Charles Boustany [R, LA-7]AYE$126,050
Rep. Stephen Fincher [R, TN-8]AYE$98,050
Rep. Jim Matheson [D, UT-2]AYE$90,550
Rep. Jim Costa [D, CA-20]AYE$79,650
Rep. Lynn Jenkins [R, KS-2]AYE$73,250
Rep. Tim Huelskamp [R, KS-1]AYE$64,846
Rep. Michael McCaul [R, TX-10]AYE$63,850
Rep. Raymond Green [D, TX-29]AYE$62,700
Rep. Michael Burgess [R, TX-26]AYE$62,150
Rep. Dan Benishek [R, MI-1]AYE$47,750
Rep. Louis Gohmert [R, TX-1]AYE$43,150
Rep. Lou Barletta [R, PA-11]AYE$40,525
Rep. Morgan Griffith [R, VA-9]AYE$35,150
Rep. Tom McClintock [R, CA-4]AYE$18,600
4thRep. Frederick Upton [R, MI-6]AYE$120,700
Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R, TN-7]AYE$82,750
Rep. John Barrow [D, GA-12]AYE$80,300
Rep. John Shimkus [R, IL-19]AYE$80,250
Rep. Frank Lucas [R, OK-3]AYE$77,250
Rep. Alan Nunnelee [R, MS-1]AYE$74,550
Rep. David McKinley [R, WV-1]AYE$62,250
Rep. Daniel Lungren [R, CA-3]AYE$61,700
Rep. Edward Whitfield [R, KY-1]AYE$55,500
Rep. Darrell Issa [R, CA-49]AYE$54,500
Rep. Rick Crawford [R, AR-1]AYE$38,922
Rep. Paul Broun [R, GA-10]AYE$28,700
5thRep. Kevin McCarthy [R, CA-22]AYE$156,100
Rep. Rodney Alexander [R, LA-5]AYE$64,146
Rep. Todd Young [R, IN-9]AYE$47,150
Rep. William Shuster [R, PA-9]AYE$46,250
Rep. Donald Young [R, AK-0]AYE$37,550
Rep. Bill Johnson [R, OH-6]AYE$16,750
6thRep. Peter Sessions [R, TX-32]AYE$90,950
Rep. Mike Pence [R, IN-6]AYE$68,400
Rep. Shelley Capito [R, WV-2]AYE$60,750
Rep. Lee Terry [R, NE-2]AYE$58,150
Rep. Devin Nunes [R, CA-21]AYE$50,250
Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R, IL-11]AYE$45,400
Rep. Geoff Davis [R, KY-4]AYE$42,750
Rep. John Carter [R, TX-31]NV$40,050
Rep. Larry Bucshon [R, IN-8]AYE$30,200
7thRep. Kevin Yoder [R, KS-3]AYE$79,550
Rep. Lamar Smith [R, TX-21]AYE$56,000
Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R, TX-19]AYE$47,200
Rep. Joe Heck [R, NV-3]AYE$41,500
Rep. Diane Black [R, TN-6]AYE$40,550
Rep. Charles Gonzalez [D, TX-20]AYE$31,250
Rep. Michael Simpson [R, ID-2]AYE$31,200
Rep. Jeff Duncan [R, SC-3]AYE$25,000
Rep. Kenny Marchant [R, TX-24]AYE$23,900
Rep. Steve Womack [R, AR-3]AYE$20,219
Rep. Mike Kelly [R, PA-3]AYE$18,750
8thRep. Greg Walden [R, OR-2]AYE$78,100
Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R, TX-5]AYE$72,300
Rep. Charles Dent [R, PA-15]AYE$56,950
Rep. Timothy Walberg [R, MI-7]AYE$38,150
Rep. Brett Guthrie [R, KY-2]AYE$28,400
Rep. Al Green [D, TX-9]AYE$16,900
9thRep. Michele Bachmann [R, MN-6]NV$78,420
Rep. Scott Garrett [R, NJ-5]AYE$42,400
Rep. Spencer Bachus [R, AL-6]AYE$42,000
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R, WA-5]AYE$36,850
Rep. Steven Chabot [R, OH-1]AYE$36,700
Rep. Tom Reed [R, NY-29]AYE$32,250
Rep. John Gingrey [R, GA-11]AYE$27,500
Rep. Samuel Johnson [R, TX-3]AYE$26,100
Rep. Joseph Pitts [R, PA-16]AYE$25,000
Rep. Sue Myrick [R, NC-9]AYE$24,500
Rep. Trey Gowdy [R, SC-4]AYE$18,250
10thRep. Eric Cantor [R, VA-7]AYE$144,650
Rep. Paul Ryan [R, WI-1]AYE$57,000
Rep. Kristi Noem [R, SD-0]AYE$50,900
Rep. Jeff Denham [R, CA-19]AYE$33,900
Rep. Edward Markey [D, MA-7]NOE$32,250
Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R, MO-4]AYE$30,600
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler [R, WA-3]AYE$29,600
Rep. Charles Bass [R, NH-2]NOE$28,850
Rep. Henry Cuellar [D, TX-28]AYE$26,300
Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R, UT-3]AYE$26,000
Rep. Tom Graves [R, GA-9]AYE$25,500
METHODOLOGY: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to current members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the Oil & Gas industry, July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2011. Campaign contribution figures and industry classification provided by Top 10 contributing industry groups calculated by MapLight. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in MapLight's "Top 10" lists.

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