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February 12, 2016

A Spoonful of ____ to Help Keep Farm Bill Subsidy

A spoonful of sugar can always make things better, but a heaping spoonful of campaign contributions can be sweeter.

As Congress continues to try to pass a farm bill,  including a subsidy for the sugar industry, the political action committee of one of the largest sugar cooperatives in the country is moving more campaign contributions to members of Congress who sit on the committees that handled the legislation, and who have immediate access to the farm bill negotiators who have resumed negotiations this week.

The American Crystal Sugar Company PAC reported it gave out $121,500 to candidates and committees during October. From Jan. 1 through Sept. 30, the PAC had given $1,052,499 to candidates and committees, with 59 percent going to Democrats.

During October the PAC gave $5,000 to Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., who sits on the Senate Agriculture Committee.  The PAC also gave to members of the House Agriculture Committee, including $7,500 to Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga.; $2,500 to Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash.; $2,500 to Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Ill.; $10,000 to Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas; $5,000 to Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn.; and $5,000 to Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala.

The PAC also gave $10,000 to Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., who sits on the House Appropriations Committee. Another Appropriations member, Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., received $5,000.

Ways & Means Committee member Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., received $5,000.

House Judiciary Committee members receiving funds included Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif. ($10,000); Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. ($10,000); Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas ($4,000); and Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D-Ga. ($2,500).

Others receiving contributions in October included Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. ($5,000); Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif. ($2,500); Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif. ($5,000); Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif. ($10,000); Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif. ($2,500); and Rep. Susan A. Davis, D-Calif. ($10,000).

To search detailed money-in-politics databases, visit Political MoneyLine.

  • PowerOfChoice

    Our political system is flawed … in most circumstances this type activity would be considered an out right bribe. At what point have we become a nation where those who donate money are the individuals who should be rewarded with added pork in legislation and which the People of the United States of America are the ones generally footing the bill for the back scratching acitivity?

  • Santiago Alemedia

    Glad to see the transparency. Looking forward to seeing if Republicans who hate Obamacare so much because it forces individuals to buy insurance, have any problems with the Farm Bill that FORCES taxpayers to buy crop insurance for wealthy businesses in Ag Industry. They haven’t in the past.

    Tea Party especially, if they want to cut food stamps, should be loudly against subsidies and price supports for the profitable ag industry. We shall see.

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