House Energy & Commerce Committee Largest Recipient of PAC Money
Posted at 11:17 a.m. on May 10, 2013
The top recipient of PAC contributions in the first quarter of 2013 was the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Committee members received $4.5 million into their campaign accounts during the first three months of the 113th Congress. At the time, several of the committee members were considering Senate races.
The committee was also the largest recipient for the entire 2011-2012 cycle, when committee members received almost $46 million.
In the first quarter of 2013, Republican members of the committee received $2,502,687 and Democratic members received $2,013,929. The top PAC giver was the AT&T Inc. Federal PAC which gave 31 committee members $85,500. The American College of Radiology Association PAC gave 17 committee members $65,000.
Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., the chairman of the committee, received $372,000. The second-ranking Democrat, Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., received $366,500. Barrow had been considering a possible Senate campaign. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., who is running for the Senate, received $514,356. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., received $293,000. Pallone has expressed interest in running for Senate. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., received $274,390. Gingrey is running for Senate. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., received $266,349. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, received $259,000. Other members received less than $250,000.
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