Oil, gas industry accounts for 2% of political giving

Contributions from the oil and gas industry represented 2% of estimated donations to the candidates who sought positions in the US Senate and House of Representatives on Nov. 5.According to Federal Election Commission figures reported by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), political contributions from the industry in the 2001-02 campaign cycle totaled $17.6 million as of election day. Donations from all categories so far total about $752.3 million.The oil-and-gas sum includes $4.3 million from political action committees (PACs), $7.6 million in soft money (to political parties), and $5.7 million from individuals donating more than $200. Oil and gas ranked 10th among the CRP's ca...

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