Harold Rogers Selected as House Appropriations Chairman

Dec. 7, 2010 -- Kentucky's Harold Rogers has been chosen to lead the Appropriations Committee -- the most powerful committee in the House of Representatives -- according to an article by Bloomberg Businessweek. GOP Rep. Rogers was elected to the House of Representatives in 1981 and has served on the Appropriations Committee since 1983, according to the Congressman's website.

The Bloomberg article, written by Brian Faler and Lisa Lerer, goes on to report that two other House members were vying for the post: California's Jerry Lewis and Georgia's Jack Kingston. The appointment was made by the Republican Steering Committee,  and will need to be ratified by the House Republican Caucus.

The following are the top ten contributors to Rogers' campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Defense Electronics $45,500
Air Transport $38,700
Lobbyists $37,900
Defense Aerospace $36,000
Construction Services    $31,600
Railroads $31,200
Mining $28,750
Banks and Credit $28,450
Business Services $25,550
Computers/Internet $21,500

Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) will replace David Obey (D-Wisc.) as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee for the 112th Congress. The following are the top ten contributors to Obey's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Lawyers/Law Firms $84,660
Lobbyists $67,535
Health Professionals $61,405
Transportation Unions $46,000
Electric Utilities $44,925
Building Trade Unions $44,500
Construction Services                $38,200
Public Sector Unions $36,750
Industrial Unions $34,500
Dairy $26,000

Contributions above are for the last two years of available data, Oct 14, 2008 - Oct 13, 2010. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in the "Top 10" lists. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org).

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