Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Who Owns Congress: "The House: Big Labor vs. Big Money"

From Mother Jones:
Go to "Who Owns Congress? A Campaign Cash Seating Chart" for the Senate and more money-bios in both houses.

The House

Labor  159
Finance, insurance, and real estate  159
Health  26
Agribusiness  23
Lawyers and lobbyists  20
Miscellaneous business  18
Energy and natural resources  10
Defense  7
Transportation  6
Communications and electronics  4
Construction  1
Unfilled seats  2
Total seats | 435
Rep. David Obey Rep. David Obey (D-Wisc.)
Terms: 21
Total raised: $10.8 million, 21% from labor
Top donors: The chair of the appropriations committee and a subcommittee with oversight of labor matters, is the House's second-biggest recipient of union cash. Obey's retiring in the face of a challenge from Real World star Sean Duffy.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
Terms: 12
Total raised: $11.9 million, 19% from FIRE
Top donors: Sure, her husband is a major real estate investor, but the biggest all-time donor to the speaker (who has her own Napa vineyard) has been California wine giant E&J Gallo.

HT: Economix