A nonprofit watchdog has revealed that one week after the California Senate refused to approve a ban on fracking within the state’s borders, politicians who abstained or opposed the bill pocketed more campaign contributions from oil and gas firms than those who supported the move.
Independent research firm MapLight said its research showed that senators who voted against the bill banning fracking saw campaign contributions from energy industry total 14 times more than those who opposed it. The pro-fracking senators received an average of $25,227 than those who backed the ban, who pocketed $1,772 on average over the four years that ended December 31, 2012.
MapLight is primarily involved in analyzing the influence of money on U.S. politics, reported Los Angeles Times.
Senator Jeane Fuller (R-Bakersfield) opposed the bill after her campaign kitty grew by $52,300 due to donations from the energy industry, the largest amount of all the senators who cast their votes on the bill, reported MapLight. Of the Democrats who voted against the bill, Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) netted the biggest contribution from the oil and gas industry of $24,950.
The bill didn’t go through after a 16-16 vote following the abstinence of eight Democrats. MapLight reported that Democrats who absolved themselves from the voting pocketed on average 4.5 times more campaign donations from energy companies than those who voted in favor of the bill.
Of the Democrats who didn’t take part in the voting, Senator Ben Hueso (D-Logan Heights) pocketed $12,400, while Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) received $21,300 from the oil and gas industry. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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