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In January Vote on Keystone XL, Reps Supporting Bill Received 13 Times More in Contributions From Oil and Gas

Daniel Stevens | February 11, 2015

Feb. 11, 2015 -- On January 9, 2015, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 3 (266-153), which allows TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline without a presidential permit or additional environmental review.  The House is set to vote later today on S. 1, the Senate-passed version of the bill.  

  • The oil and gas industry gave, on average, 13 times more money to representatives voting ‘YES’ ($45,375) on H.R. 3  compared to representatives voting 'NO' ($3,610).

  • The oil and gas industry gave, on average, 5 times more money to Democratic representatives voting ‘YES’ ($18,199) on H.R. 3 compared to Democratic representatives voting ‘NO’ ($3,610).

  • Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), the sponsor of the legislation, received $222,400 from the oil and gas industry, the ninth most among members of the House voting on H.R. 3.

Refining Industry Contributions

In particular, the petroleum refining & marketing industry stands to benefit from the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline. Some of the pipeline’s strongest supporters are the Gulf Coast refinery companies that have expanded their facilities and would benefit from Canadian oil that will flow through the pipeline.

  • The petroleum refining & marketing industry gave, on average, 13 times more money to representatives voting ‘YES’ ($10,980) on H.R. 3 compared to representatives voting 'NO' ($835).

  • The petroleum refining & marketing industry gave, on average, 4.6 times more money to Democratic representatives voting ‘YES’ ($3,840) on H.R. 3 compared to Democratic representatives voting ‘NO’ ($835).

  • Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), the sponsor of the legislation, received $10,000 from the petroleum refining & marketing industry.

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Campaign Contributions Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to members of the House voting on H.R. 3 from PACs and employees of the oil and gas industry (Fuel Oil Dealers, Independent Oil & Gas Prodcuers, Multinational Oil & Gas Producers, Oil & Gas, Oilfield Service, Equipment & Exploration, and Petroleum Refining & Marketing) from October 1, 2012, to September 30, 2014. Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org.

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