Doc Hastings to Chair House Natural Resources Committee

Dec. 17, 2010 -- The current ranking minority member of the House Natural Resources Committee is set to become its chair for the 112th Congress, according to the New York Times. Rep. Doc Hastings, who represents Washington's 4th Congressional District, will chair the committee that oversees federal land and water use, national parks and forests and Indian reservations.

As he notes on his Congressional website, the Natural Resources Committee is of particular importance to the Congressman's home state of Washington's major projects, namely the Bonneville Power Administration and the Columbia Basin and Yakima Projects, which all fall under the Natural Resource Committee's jurisdiction.

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

Interest Contributions
Oil & Gas $75,921
Crop Production & Basic Processing       $55,337
Construction Services $25,900
Insurance $25,900
Health Professionals $24,150
Electric Utilities $23,350
Lawyers/Law Firms $20,000
General Contractors $19,275
Forestry & Forest Products $19,000
Casinos/Gambling $17,600

Rep. Hastings will replace West Virginia Democrat Nick Rahall as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee for the 112th Congress. The following are the top ten contributors to Rahall's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Casinos/Gambling $66,800
Transportation Unions         $62,000
Lawyers/Law Firms $48,258
Building Trade Unions $47,500
Railroads $46,000
Mining $44,000
Industrial Unions $42,000
Air Transport $41,500
Public Sector Unions $40,500
Lobbyists $27,071

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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