Supporters of Keystone Amendment Have Raked in Big Oil Cash
The U.S. Senate defeated a measure today that would have forced the Obama administration to approve Keystone XL pipeline.
Those voting in favor of the amendment have received significantly more money from oil and gas interests during their time in Congress than those opposed, according to our analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
- Supporters of the amendment have received nearly $24.5 million in oil and gas industry campaign cash during their careers in Congress, compared to just $4.6 million for opponents. So far in the 2012 cycle, amendment supporters have received $1.6 million in oil and gas industry contributions.
- The top 15 recipients of oil and gas money in the Senate, aside from Sen. Thune who did not vote, all voted in favor of the amendment today.
- Amendment sponsor Sen. John Hoeven has received $263,289 from the industry during his short career.
List of votes, 2012 cycle donations, and career donations are provided in the table below: