Feb. 15, 2017
Pruitt’s EPA Confirmation Could Be Eased Due to More Than $176 Million in Industry Donations to U.S. Senators by Anti-EPA Interests
As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on the confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Public Citizen’s climate program has compiled a fact sheet that provides campaign contribution data for all current senators from three major corporate sectors. These sectors, energy and natural resources, agribusiness and construction, often support practices that are at odds with the EPA.
The compiled data spans two full Senate election cycles, from 2004 to 2016, and includes information on contributions and total monetary rankings for every current United States senator. During this period, Republicans received $122.6 million dollars in campaign contributions from these sectors, or 72.7 percent of the total. Democrats received $46 million, or 27.3 percent of the total. Each of the top 10 recipients is a Republican, as are 17 of the top 20 recipients. The top five are U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R?Tex.), Mitch McConnell (R?Ky.), John Cornyn (R?Tex.), Marco Rubio (R?Fla.) and Richard Burr (R?N.C.). The highest ranked Democrat is U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D?N.J.).