Dingell Campaigns Funded Mostly by Interest Groups
Posted at 8:57 a.m. on June 6, 2013
On Friday, Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., will become the longest-serving member of Congress. His career has survived because of a strong Democratic district and his financial support from PACs of organized interests such as those in the areas of labor, energy/natural resources, communications/technology and health care. His south Detroit district is made up of a mix of academics, engineers and auto workers.
A review of his campaign finance reports from 1979 through the first quarter of 2013 shows he has raised more than $21 million for his election campaigns, with almost $15 million (71 percent) having come from the political action committees of interest groups. Dingell was first elected in 1954.
Dingell served as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 1981 to 1994.
From 1979 to the present he has received over $2.5 million from PACs of health care interests, with the most coming during consideration of health care legislation from 2001 to 2010. In 2007-2008 he received more than $550,000 from PACs with health care interests.
Organized labor PACs contributed $2.1 million from 1979 to present. Energy/natural resources PACs gave almost $2.1 million from 1979 to the present. Communication/technology PACs gave more than $1.8 million.
View Rep. Dingell’s career chart of PACs by industry category on his financial profile, under the “Career” tab.