Blog — Department of the Interior
On Wednesday, the House passed the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, which would prevent the Department of the Interior from regulating hydraulic fracturing in states that have already passed their own regulations. Using MapLight’s data, CREW found the 235 members who voted for the bill collectively received $12.8 million in campaign contributions from the industry between the 2004 and 2012 campaign cycles. The 187 members who voted against the bill collectively received $1.5 million in campaign contributions from the fracking industry.
Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX), the chief sponsor of the legislation, has received $146,800 from the fracking industry since his first run for Congress, in 2010.
On Tuesday, CREW published a report, Natural Cash, detailing how contributions from the fracking industry to congressional candidates increased by 180 percent, from approximately $4.3 million to nearly $12 million, between the 2004 and 2012 election cycles. Contributions skyrocketed over the course of the last two campaign cycles as Congress debated whether the industry should be subject to federal oversight. It appears the fracking industry’s efforts paid off on Wednesday.