Agribusiness Contributions to Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees

Nov. 16, 2011 - With the upcoming presidential election accelerating the focus on November 2012, one issue that will most likely be decided before either President Obama takes a second term or one of his Republican challengers takes the oath of office is the latest version of the "Farm Bill." The Farm Bill is a massive spending measure that covers a wide variety of agriculture issues from crop insurance to food stamps and is taken up by Congress every five years. The current version of the Farm Bill is The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.

Below is an analysis conducted by MapLight on contributions connected to the Agribusiness sector to members of the House and Senate agriculture committees.

Contributions by Agriculture Interest to the Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees of the 112th Congress (Jan. 1, 2001 - Jun. 30, 2011) NOTE: The figures below only include contributions coded as belonging to the "Agribusiness" sector by the Center for Responsive Politics. They do not necessarily represent all contributions from the organization (and its employees) to members of the House and Senate Agriculture committees.

Business Total Contributions to Ag Cmte Members
Crop production & basic processing $3,841,515
Milk & dairy producers $2,885,370
Sugar cane & sugar beets $2,602,764
Agricultural services & related industries $1,992,829
Livestock $1,937,774
Agricultural chemicals (fertilizers & pesticides) $1,464,683
Tobacco & Tobacco products $1,386,264
Forestry & Forest Products $1,289,472
Poultry & eggs $1,208,714
Other commodities (incl rice, peanuts, honey) $1,207,043
Vegetables, fruits and tree nut $948,485
Farm organizations & cooperatives $877,646
Animal feed & health products $862,504
Cotton $762,718
Farm machinery & equipment $734,600
Wheat, corn, soybeans and cash grain $656,066
Veterinarians $554,450
Grain traders & terminals $366,450
Paper & pulp mills and paper manufacturing $356,716
Florists & Nursery Services $232,350
Feedlots & related livestock services $198,300
Horse breeders $165,575
Agriculture $106,680
Sheep and Wool Producers $52,500
   
Total $26,691,468 
   

Top Contributors in Specific Crop/Product Groups

 
Dairy Total Contributions to Ag Cmte Members
Dairy Farmers of America $550,100
Land O'Lakes $380,980
Dean Foods $377,400
International Dairy Foods Association $296,053
California Dairies Inc $294,400
   
Sugar Total Contributions to Ag Cmte Members
American Crystal Sugar $984,998
Southern Minn Beet Sugar Co-Op $329,957
American Sugar Cane League $223,469
Minn-Dak Farmers Co-Op $185,560
Florida Crystals $170,250
   
Livestock Total Contributions to Ag Cmte Members
National Pork Producers Council $276,214
National Cattlemen's Beef Association $275,238
Livestock Marketing Association $95,000
Texas Cattle Feeders Association $94,000
Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers $65,500
   
Poultry/Eggs Total Contributions to Ag Cmte Members
United Egg Association $414,500
National Chicken Council $235,565
National Turkey Federation $170,034
Tyson Foods $117,150
Pilgrim's Pride Corp $55,650
   
Rice Total Contributions to Ag Cmte Members
USA Rice Federation $198,381
Farmers' Rice Cooperative $138,042
Riceland Foods $75,990
California Rice Industry Association Fund $66,220
Producers Rice Mill Inc $49,000
   
Cotton Total Contributions to Ag Cmte Members
National Cotton Council $332,718
American Cotton Shippers Association $80,000
Southern Cotton Growers Inc $60,000
Plains Cotton Growers $40,750
Calcot Ltd $36,000
   
Corn Total Contributions to Ag Cmte Members
National Corn Growers Association $66,666
Iowa Corn Growers Association $23,325
Corn Producers Association of Texas $11,700
Minnesota Corn Growers Association $11,050
Corn Refiners Association $3,750
   
Soybeans Total Contributions to Ag Cmte Members
AG Processing $163,000
American Soybean Association $87,000
Owensboro Grain $5,000
Missouri Soybean Association $4,000
North Carolina Soybean Producers Association $500
   
Wheat Total Contributions to Ag Cmte Members
National Association of Wheat Growers $103,950
Texas Wheat Producers Association $13,300
Midwest Grain Products $4,600
Miller Milling Co $1,000
Colorado Association of Wheat Growers $500

METHODOLOGY: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to the current members (as of Nov. 14, 2011) of the House and Senate Agriculture committees from the Agribusiness sector from Jan. 1, 2001-June 30, 2011. Campaign finance data and industry classifications provided by the Center for Responsive Politics.

To view an analysis of campaign contributions connected to the Agribusiness sector to members of the Super Committee click here.

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