Paul Ryan to Chair House Budget Committee

Dec. 17, 2010 -- The New York Times reports that Rep. Paul Ryan has been tapped by Republican leadership to head the House Budget Committee in the 112th Congress. Ryan represents Wisconsin's 1st District, which includes Burlington and Kenosha. Rep. Ryan is currently the ranking minority member on the Budget Committee.

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

Interest Contributions
Securities & Investment $212,350
Insurance $194,970
Health Professionals $171,637
Lawyers/Law Firms $77,800
Misc Finance $70,774
Real Estate $70,000
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products      $64,250
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing $59,050
Health Services/HMOs $54,692
Oil & Gas $45,750

Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will replace John Spratt (D-S.C.) to head the House Budget Committee. The following are the top ten contributors to Spratt's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Lawyers/Law Firms $122,450
Public Sector Unions $94,500
Electric Utilities $81,500
Defense Aerospace $64,500
Transportation Unions           $43,000
Health Professionals $37,750
Defense Electronics $33,750
General Contractors $33,500
Misc Defense $29,500
Insurance $26,500

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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