Ben Nelson to Represent Regulators from His Top-Contributing Industry

Ben Nelson

Just a few weeks after bidding farewell to his seat in the Senate, it appears that Ben Nelson has no intention of ending his political career. Former Sen. Nelson, D-Neb., has been named the CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, which represents top insurance regulators in the United States. He has also joined the public affairs firm Agenda, where he will serve as a senior advisor.

Data: A MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to Ben Nelson from top industries and companies from July 1, 2006-June 30, 2012.

 

Top 10 Interests Funding Contributions
Insurance $541,394
Lawyers/Law Firms $353,783
Lobbyists $320,085
Securities & Investment $304,252
Health Professionals $224,261
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $210,792
Real Estate $181,896
Banks & Credit $168,902
Food Processing & Sales $151,625
Oil & Gas $151,150
Top 10 Organizations Funding Contributions
Nelnet Incorporated $43,500
Silver Lake Partners $39,650
MidAmerican Energy $31,300
Omaha Steaks $31,000
Level 3 Communications $27,700
Nebraska Beef $25,150
DLA Piper $18,400
Carlyle Group $17,133
Microsoft $16,600
UnitedHealth Group $16,500
Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to Ben Nelson from July 1, 2006-June 30, 2012. Data source: OpenSecrets.org. If you use MapLight data, please cite accordingly.

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