The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

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Contents

This page, which is under construction, will eventually be Part II of the U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index.

Type beholden to special interests into Google and news articles, opinion pieces and candidate websites galore appear at your fingertips with accusations flying as to which elected officials are beholden and to what interests they are beholden.

From Rep. George Miller (D), a ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, who received 28.74 percent of his career donations from Union interests, to Rep. Joe Barton (R), the chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, who received the highest percentage of total contributions from the Electric Utilities industry, many members of Congress have close relationships with the same industries they are making decisions about on a daily basis.

This is the second part of the Personal Gain Index (PGI). The Personal Gain Index is a four-part study that examines the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have individually prospered during their tenure as public servants.


In this study, we look at the concentration of career donations for each member and industry. This allows us to:

  • See which members had the highest percentage of their donations coming from their top five industries
  • Compare the partisan breakdown of each sector's highest recipients
  • Establish influential sectors by:
    • The frequency each sector appears on members' top five industry lists
    • The average percentage concentration for members receiving sector money
  • Provide anecdotal examples of the relationship between committee membership and donations

Methodology and notes

See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
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To investigate the special interests that may be influencing members of Congress, Ballotpedia sorted through the career contributions of members of the 113th United States Congress to identify which members had the highest concentration of his or her contributions coming from various industries.[1]

The individual industries listed on this page, in both the individual incumbents' boxes and the yellow charts, were identified by OpenSecrets.org.

Definitions

Career contributions: OpenSecrets.org organizes top industry donors by either individual election cycles or totals over each member's career. Career data is only available back to 1989, for the 1990 election cycle. The percentages are calculated based on the dollar amount per industry over his or her career, divided by total donations for each member. Because some races and candidates may attract more donations than others, using a percentage of total donations allowed Ballotpedia to evaluate how concentrated each member's concentration.

Concentration: Throughout the study, concentration will be used to discuss how high of a percentage each member receives from specific industries or sectors.

Industry: According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations, any donor of $200 or more is required to disclose his or her employer and occupation. Opensecrets.org then categorizes each employer into industries.

Sectors: In order to analyze the data provided by OpenSecrets.org even further, Ballotpedia identified broader interests, such as combining all union industries into a "Union" sector. This allowed us to evaluate which members may have a high concentration of donors coming from broader interests. For example, by combining the industries in our Energy section, Ballotpedia was able to see which members may have a broader interest in energy policy than if Electric Utilities, Mining and Oil & Gas were viewed separately.[2]

Below are the overarching sectors Ballotpedia identified (italicized) with the OpenSecrets.org industries included in each sector:

Banking: Commercial Banks, Insurance, Securities & Investments, Misc. Finance, Accountants, Credit Unions, Finance/Credit Companies

Computers/Internets is its own sector

Construction/Real Estate: Building Materials, Construction Services, Real Estate, General Contractors, Special trade contractors, Misc. Manufacturing

Defense: Defense aerospace, Defense Electronics, Misc. Defense, Pro-Israel

Education is its own sector

Energy: Electric Utilities, Mining, Oil & Gas

Farming: Agricultural Services, Crop Production, Dairy, Forestry & Forestry Products, Livestock, Tobacco

Food & Entertainment: Beer, wine & liquors, Casinos & Gambling, Food & Beverage, Food processing & sales, TV/Movies/Music

Healthcare: Health Professionals, Pharmaceuticals/Health Products, Hospitals/Nursing, Health Services/HMO

Law: Lawyers/Law firms, Lobbyists

Misc. Business: Business services, Retail sales, non-profit institutions[3]

Political Interest Groups: Abortion Policy, Candidate committees, Democratic/Liberal, Environment, Leadership PACs, Republican/Conservative, Women’s Issues

Retired is its own sector. This industry is comprised of any $200+ donor who identifies as a retiree

Transportation: Air transport, Automotive, Railroads, sea transport

Unions: Building trade unions, Civil Servants/Public officials, Misc. Unions, Public Sector Unions, Transportation Unions

Concentration by member

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The average member of the 113th Congress receives 26.34 percent of his or her career donations from only five industries. Although senators are marginally less concentrated (at 24.66 percent) as compared to representatives (at 26.72 percent), many members receive a high percentage of total contributions from a small selection of industries.



Highest overall concentration
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Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) had the highest concentration of career donations coming from his top five industries: 49.56 percent came from the Energy and Healthcare sectors.[4]

Highest from one sector
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Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) had the highest concentration of career donations coming from one sector: 33.71 percent coming from Lawyers & Lobbyists.[5]

Lowest overall concentration
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Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) had the lowest concentration of career donations coming from his top five industries: 2.9 percent.[6]


Second highest from one sector
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Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) had the second highest concentration of career donations coming from one sector: 32.86 percent coming from Unions.[7]


Third highest from one sector
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Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) had the third highest concentration of career donations coming from one sector: 31.48 percent coming from Banking.[8]


Bachus was the chairman of the House Committee on Finance during the 112th Congress.



Three highest overall: U.S. House

Rep. Burgess: 49.56 percent

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-MN)
Michael Burgess Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $6,320,053
Total Spent $6,120,189
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$1,740,538
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$637,424
Oil & Gas$348,146
Health Services/HMOs$216,250
Electric Utilities$189,822
% total in top industry27.54%
% total in top two industries37.63%
% total in top five industries49.56%


Rep. Cartwright: 45.65 percent

Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA)
Matt Cartwright Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,423,482
Total Spent $1,726,491
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$817,014
Public Sector Unions$99,750
Building Trade Unions$80,000
Industrial Unions$61,500
Transportation Unions$48,000
% total in top industry33.71%
% total in top two industries37.83%
% total in top five industries45.65%


Rep. Sarbanes: 43.42 percent

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD)
John Sarbanes Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $5,108,715
Total Spent $4,175,626
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$841,756
Retired$456,775
Real Estate$382,507
Securities & Investment$271,028
Education$266,250
% total in top industry16.48%
% total in top two industries25.42%
% total in top five industries43.42%


Three highest overall: U.S. Senate

Sen. McCaskill: 38.34 percent

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Claire McCaskill Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $33,663,468
Total Spent $33,423,083
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Women's Issues$5,116,239
Lawyers/Law Firms$4,076,329
Retired$2,146,772
Securities & Investments$872,918
Real Estate$693,030
% total in top industry15.2%
% total in top two industries27.31%
% total in top five industries38.34%


Sen. Walsh: 37.85 percent

Sen. John Walsh (D-MT)
John Walsh Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,779,750
Total Spent $2,066,129
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$347,146
Leadership PACs$313,000
Retired$191,300
Lobbyists$112,100
Real Estate$88,610
% total in top industry12.49%
% total in top two industries23.75%
% total in top five industries37.85%


Sen. Booker: 37.85 percent

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Cory Booker Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $16,171,449
Total Spent $12,682,311
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,930,689
Securities & Investment$1,897,370
Real Estate$958,645
TV/Movies/Music$635,750
Business Services$416,350
% total in top industry11.94%
% total in top two industries23.67%
% total in top five industries36.11%


Top 100 most concentrated

Although many of the individual sectors and industries are highly polarized, having a high concentration of donation appears to be a bipartisan way of life. Of the top 100 most concentrated members of Congress, 54 were Democrats and 46 were Republican.

Members with highest % from top five industries
Party Member of Congress % of career contributions[9] Year assumed office
Top 20: The average concentrated percentage in the top 20 was 40.23% over career contributions.
Republican Party Rep. Michael C. Burgess 49.56% 2003
Democratic Party Rep. Matt Cartwright 45.65% 2013
Democratic Party Rep. John Sarbanes 43.42% 2007
Republican Party Rep. Paul Gosar 42.24% 2011
Republican Party Rep. David G. Valadao 41.10% 2013
Democratic Party Rep. Henry Waxman 40.64% 1975
Republican Party Rep. Tom Price 40.23% 2005
Republican Party Rep. Spencer Bachus 40.23% 1993
Republican Party Rep. Roger Williams 39.89% 2013
Democratic Party Rep. Bruce Braley 39.28% 2007
Republican Party Rep. Andy Harris 38.97% 2011
Democratic Party Rep. Theodore E. Deutch 38.83% 2010
Democratic Party Rep. Jose Serrano 38.69% 1973
Democratic Party Rep. Jerrold Nadler 38.65% 1993
Democratic Party Rep. James A. Himes 38.55% 2009
Democratic Party Sen. Claire McCaskill 38.34% 2007
Democratic Party Sen. John Walsh 37.85% 2014
Republican Party Rep. Joe Heck 37.80% 2011
Republican Party Rep. Phil Gingrey 37.42% 2003
Democratic Party Rep. Gene Green 37.21% 1993
Total by party (1-20): 11 were Democrats Democratic Party 9 were Republicans Republican Party.
Top 21-40:The average concentrated percentage in the top 40 was 37.86% over career contributions.; for those in spots 21-40, it was 35.5%.
Republican Party Rep. Mike Conaway 36.45% 2005
Republican Party Rep. Frank D. Lucas 36.39% 1994
Republican Party Rep. David Jolly 36.37% 2014
Democratic Party Sen. Cory Booker 36.11% 2013
Democratic Party Rep. Joseph Kennedy III 36.09% 2013
Democratic Party Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse 36.00% 2007
Democratic Party Rep. Hakeem Jeffries 35.94% 2013
Democratic Party Rep. Anna Eshoo 35.94% 1993
Democratic Party Rep. John C. Carney Jr. 35.67% 2011
Democratic Party Sen. Chris Coons 35.66% 2010
Democratic Party Rep. Zoe Lofgren 35.55% 1995
Democratic Party Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand 35.47% 2009
Democratic Party Rep. Lloyd Doggett 35.28% 1995
Democratic Party Rep. Joseph Crowley 35.25% 1999
Republican Party Rep. Doug LaMalfa 35.18% 2013
Democratic Party Sen. Chuck Schumer 34.87% 1999
Democratic Party Rep. William Enyart 34.78% 2013
Democratic Party Rep. Gregory W. Meeks 34.37% 1998
Democratic Party Rep. Nita Lowey 34.34% 1989
Republican Party Rep. Jeb Hensarling 34.29% 2003
Total by party (1-40): 26 were Democrats Democratic Party 14 were Republicans Republican Party.
Top 41-60:The average concentrated percentage in the top 60 was 36.43% over career contributions.; for those in spots 41-60, it was 33.57%.
Republican Party Rep. Devin Nunes 34.29% 2003
Democratic Party Rep. George Miller 34.21% 1975
Democratic Party Rep. Al Green 33.90% 2005
Republican Party Rep. Bill Huizenga 33.87% 2011
Democratic Party Rep. Terri Sewell 33.87% 2011
Democratic Party Rep. Chaka Fattah 33.84% 1995
Democratic Party Rep. Collin Peterson 33.79% 1991
Democratic Party Rep. John Barrow 33.69% 2005
Republican Party Rep. Scott DesJarlais 33.58% 2011
Republican Party Rep. Phil Roe 33.55% 2009
Republican Party Rep. Jim Bridenstine 33.53% 2013
Republican Party Rep. Cynthia Lummis 33.50% 2009
Republican Party Rep. John Campbell 33.42% 2005
Republican Party Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. 33.40% 2005
Democratic Party Rep. Richard Neal 33.39% 1989
Democratic Party Rep. Daniel Lipinski 33.26% 2005
Republican Party Rep. Larry Bucshon 33.24% 2011
Republican Party Sen. Mark Kirk 33.13% 2011
Democratic Party Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard 33.08% 1993
Democratic Party Rep. John Conyers, Jr. 32.96% 1965
Total by party (1-60): 36 were Democrats Democratic Party 24 were Republicans Republican Party.
Top 61-80:The average concentrated percentage in the top 80 was 35.38% over career contributions.; for those in spots 61-80, it was 32.24%.
Republican Party Rep. John Culberson 32.84% 2001
Republican Party Rep. Kevin Brady 32.84% 1997
Democratic Party Rep. Sean Maloney 32.84% 2013
Republican Party Rep. Joseph R. Pitts 32.77% 1997
Republican Party Sen. John Barrasso 32.73% 2007
Democratic Party Rep. Robert Brady 32.72% 1998
Republican Party Rep. Tom Cotton 32.65% 2013
Democratic Party Rep. Allyson Schwartz 32.34% 2005
Democratic Party Rep. Mike Quigley 32.32% 2009
Democratic Party Rep. Chris Van Hollen 32.17% 2003
Republican Party Rep. Scott Garrett 32.12% 2003
Republican Party Rep. Bradley Byrne 32.00% 2014
Democratic Party Rep. Marcy Kaptur 31.95% 1983
Democratic Party Rep. John Lewis 31.86% 1987
Democratic Party Rep. Julia Brownley 31.82% 2013
Republican Party Rep. Dan Benishek 31.79% 2011
Republican Party Rep. Rob Woodall 31.77% 2011
Republican Party Rep. Scott Tipton 31.77% 2011
Republican Party Rep. Mo Brooks 31.74% 2011
Republican Party Sen. Rob Portman 31.73% 2011
Total by party (1-80): 44 were Democrats Democratic Party 36 were Republicans Republican Party.
Top 81-100:The average concentrated percentage in the top 100 was 34.54% over career contributions.; for those in spots 61-80, it was 31.16%.
Republican Party Rep. Louis B. "Louie" Gohmert Jr. 31.69% 2005
Democratic Party Rep. Diana DeGette 31.62% 1997
Republican Party Rep. Mac Thornberry 31.58% 1995
Democratic Party Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick 31.53% 2013
Democratic Party Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney 31.50% 1993
Democratic Party Rep. Frederica S. Wilson 31.46% 2011
Democratic Party Sen. Bill Nelson 31.29% 2000
Republican Party Rep. Mark Meadows 31.28% 2013
Democratic Party Sen. Michael Bennet 31.27% 2009
Republican Party Rep. Stephen Lee Fincher 31.22% 2011
Democratic Party Rep. Carol Shea-Porter 31.14% 2013
Democratic Party Rep. Jared Huffman 31.08% 2013
Democratic Party Rep. Raul Ruiz 31.03% 2013
Republican Party Rep. John Fleming 30.98% 2009
Republican Party Rep. Joe Barton 30.92% 1985
Republican Party Rep. Ron DeSantis 30.80% 2013
Republican Party Sen. Tim Scott 30.75% 2013
Republican Party Rep. Michael Grimm 30.71% 2011
Democratic Party Rep. Frank Pallone 30.65% 1993
Democratic Party Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson 30.62% 1993
Total by party (1-100): 54 were Democrats Democratic Party 46 were Republicans Republican Party.

Correlation to time in office

Of the top 100 most concentrated members, the averaged assumed year in office was late 2003. For all members in the study, it was early 2004. There was not a meaningful correlation between length in office and concentration percentage.

Most influential sectors

Lawyers & Lobbyists appeared in the top five industries of 374 members.
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Union contributions averaged 9.31 percent of their recipients' total career donations.
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Most polarized sectors

Unsurprisingly, many of the sectors had a strong lean to one party or the other. Looking at each sector, below are the interests that trended most Democratic and most Republican:

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Democratic Party 8
Republican Party 0
Democratic Party 18
Republican Party 2
Democratic Party 18
Independent 1
Democratic Party 3
Republican Party 19
Democratic Party 4
Republican Party 18


Top recipients by sector

In order to analyze the data provided by OpenSecrets.org even further, Ballotpedia identified broader interests, such as combining all union industries into a "Union" sector. This allowed us to evaluate which members may have a high concentration of donors coming from broader interests. For example, by combining the industries in our Energy section, Ballotpedia was able to see which members may have a broader interest in energy policy than if Electric Utilities, Mining and Oil & Gas were viewed separately.

Career contributions were used for this calculation. OpenSecrets.org provides data back to 1989 for members elected prior to 1990.

Banking

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Republican Party Rep. Spencer Bachus had the highest concentration of donations from the Banking industry: 31.48 percent.


Computers/Internet

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Democratic Party Rep. Zoe Lofgren had the highest concentration of donations from the Computers/Internet industry: 14.64 percent.



Construction/Real Estate

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Republican Party Rep. Gary Miller had the highest concentration of donations from the Construction/Real Estate industry: 14.95 percent.


Defense/National Security

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Republican Party Rep. Buck McKeon had the highest concentration of donations from the Defense/National Security industry: 14.99 percent.


Education

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Democratic Party Rep. Bill Foster had the highest concentration of donations from the Education industry: 8.54 percent.


Energy

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Republican Party Rep. David McKinley had the highest concentration of donations from the Energy industry: 17.72 percent.


Farming

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Republican Party Rep. David Valadao had the highest concentration of donations from the Farming industry: 26.59 percent.


Food & Entertainment

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Democratic Party Rep. Mike Thompson had the highest concentration of donations from the Food & Entertainment industry: 26.59 percent.

Healthcare

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Republican Party Rep. Michael Burgess had the highest concentration of donations from the Healthcare industry: 41.05 percent.


Lawyers & Lobbyists

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Democratic Party Rep. Michael Burgess had the highest concentration of donations from the Lawyers & Lobbyists industry: 33.71 percent.


Misc. Business

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Republican Party Rep. Steve Womack had the highest concentration of donations from the Misc. Business industry: 9.33 percent.


Politics & Policy

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Republican Party Rep. David Jolly had the highest concentration of donations from the Politics & Policy industry: 21.5 percent.


Retired

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Republican Party Rep. Mark Meadows had the highest concentration of donations from the Retired industry: 14.01 percent.


Transportation

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Republican Party Rep. John Duncan had the highest concentration of donations from the Transportation industry: 14.07 percent.


Unions

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Democratic Party Rep. Jose Serrano had the highest concentration of donations from the Unions industry: 32.86 percent.


Banking

Rep. Bachus had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Banking sector appeared in the top five industries of 243 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Banking sector was 6.9 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Banking sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Banking sector partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
19
Republican Party Republican
21
Independent Independent
1


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Banking industries was:
Republican Party Rep. Spencer Bachus: 31.48 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Commercial Banks
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Spencer Bachus 10.4%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Jeb Hensarling 7.45%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Joyce Beatty 6.6%
4th Republican Party Rep. Frank Lucas 6.3%
5th Republican Party Rep. Kenny Marchant 6.21%
Top five industry recipients: Insurance
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Richard Neal 13.79%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. John Larson 10.46%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Juan Vargas 9.65%
4th Republican Party Rep. Dennis Ross 9.17%
5th Republican Party Rep. Spencer Bachus 8.61%
Top five industry recipients: Securities & Investments
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Jim Himes 16.95%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Scott Garrett 12.92%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Joseph Kennedy 11.93%
4th Republican Party Rep. Randy Hultgren 10.67%
5th Democratic Party Rep. Nita Lowey 8.61%
Top five industry recipients: Accountants
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Steven Palazzo 5.87%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Mike Conaway 5.52%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Collin Peterson 3.68%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Brad Sherman 3.1%
Top five industry recipients: Credit Unions
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Rob Bishop 3.93%
Top five industry recipients: Finance/Credit Companies
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Gregory W. Meeks 5.85%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Spencer Bachus 4.43%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Kevin Yoder 4.13%
4th Democratic Party Rep. John Delaney 2.31%
5th Republican Party Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer 2.26%
Top five industry recipients: Misc. Finance
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Jeb Hensarling 6.11%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Billy Long 5.03%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Louie Gohmert 4.73%
4th Republican Party Rep. Pete Sessions 4.31%
5th Republican Party Rep. Mark Sanford 4.24%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: Commercial Banks
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Tom Carper 4.66%
2nd Republican Party Sen. Richard Shelby 3.97%
3rd Democratic Party Sen. Jerry Moran 3.91%
4th Democratic Party Sen. Tim Johnson 3.8%
5th Republican Party Sen. Deb Fischer 2.73%
Top five industry recipients: Insurance
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Ben Cardin 6.17%
2nd Republican Party Sen. Chuck Grassley 6.02%
3rd Democratic Party Sen. Chuck Schumer 5.69%
4th Republican Party Sen. Dan Coats 5.56%
5th Democratic Party Sen. Jack Reed 5.3%
Top five industry recipients: Securities & Investments
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Al Franken 14.73%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Amy Klobuchar 11.73%
3rd Independent Sen. Angus King 9.98%
4th Democratic Party Sen. Ben Cardin 9.5%
5th Democratic Party Sen. Bill Nelson 9.46%
Top five industry recipients: Misc. Finance
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. Marco Rubio 1.76%


Computers/Internet

Rep. Lofgren had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Computers/Internet sector appeared in the top five industries of 19 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Computers/Internet sector was 4.77 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Computers/Internet sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Computers/Internet partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
6
Republican Party Republican
3


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Computers/Internet industries was:
Democratic Party Rep. Zoe Lofgren: 14.64 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Computers/Internet
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Zoe Lofgren 14.64%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Anna Eshoo 9.67%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Jason Chaffetz 6.4%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Adam Smith 6.02%
5th Republican Party Rep. Bob Goodlatte 5.19%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: Computers/Internet
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Patrick Leahy 3.76%
2nd Republican Party Sen. Mike Lee 3.47%
3rd Democratic Party Sen. Maria Cantwell 2.31%
4th Democratic Party Sen. Patty Murray 1.95%



Construction/Real Estate

Rep. Miller had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Construction/Real Estate sector appeared in the top five industries of 288 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Construction/Real Estate sector was 4.88 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Construction/Real Estate sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Construction/Real Estate partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
9
Republican Party Republican
19


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Construction/Real Estate industries was:
Republican Party Rep. Gary Miller: 14.95 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Real Estate
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Gary Miller 14.95%
2nd Republican Party Rep. John Campbell 10.74%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Beto O'Rourke 9.2%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Steve Israel 8.97%
5th Republican Party Rep. Michael Grimm 8.96%
Top five industry recipients: Construction Services
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Daniel Lipinski 7.37%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Earl Blumenauer 6.37%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Filemon Vela 5.8%
4th Republican Party Rep. Bill Shuster 4.37%
5th Republican Party Rep. John Mica 4.12%
Top five industry recipients: General Contractors
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Tom Rice 7.96%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Charles J. Fleischmann 5.14%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Don Young 4.88%
4th Republican Party Rep. Blake Farenthold 4.84%
5th Republican Party Rep. Richard Hanna 4.51%
Top five industry recipients: Misc. Manufacturing
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Tim Walberg 2.94%
Top five industry recipients: Building Materials
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Bill Shuster 5%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Tom Petri 3.63%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Scott DesJarlais 3%
4th Republican Party Rep. Ken Calvert 2.77%
5th Republican Party Rep. Phil Roe 2.39%
Top five industry recipients: Special Trade Contractors
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Reid Ribble 3.94%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Markwayne Mullin 2.87%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: Real Estate
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. Johnny Isakson 11.23%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Bob Menendez 6.93%
3rd Democratic Party Sen. Chuck Schumer 6.41%
4th Democratic Party Sen. Brian Schatz 6.14%
5th Democratic Party Sen. Ben Cardin 5.98%
Top five industry recipients: Construction Services
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Bob Menendez 3.47%
2nd N/A N/A
3rd N/A N/A
4th N/A N/A
5th N/A N/A
Top five industry recipients: General Contractors
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Bob Menendez 2.91%
2nd N/A N/A
3rd N/A N/A
4th N/A N/A
5th N/A N/A
Top five industry recipients: Misc. Manufacturing
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. Rob Portman 4.79%
2nd Republican Party Sen. Ron Johnson 1.83%


Defense/National Security

Rep. McKeon had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Defense/National Security sector appeared in the top five industries of 30 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Defense/National Security sector was 6.27 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Defense/National Security sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Defense/Natl Security partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
9
Republican Party Republican
10


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Defense/National Security industries was:
Republican Party Rep. Buck McKeon: 14.99 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Pro-Israel
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Ted Deutch 8.08%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Eliot Engel 6.78%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 6.7%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Brad Schneider 6%
5th Democratic Party Rep. Alcee L. Hastings 4.2%
Top five industry recipients: Defense Aerospace
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Buck McKeon 7.1%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Mo Brooks 6.86%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Mac Thornberry 6.14%
4th Republican Party Rep. Jeff Miller 4.82%
5th Republican Party Rep. Kay Granger 4.81%
Top five industry recipients: Defense Electronics
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Jeff Miller 4.85%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Jim Moran 4.41%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Duncan Hunter 4.34%
4th Republican Party Rep. Bill Posey 4%
5th Republican Party Rep. Rob Wittman 3.96%
Top five industry recipients: Misc. Defense
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Rob Wittman 6.2%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Jim Moran 5.92%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Mo Brooks 5.64%
4th Republican Party Rep. Buck McKeon 4.49%
5th Democratic Party Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger 4.46%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: Pro-Israel
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. Mark Kirk 5.49%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Carl Levin 5.18%
3rd Democratic Party Sen. Ron Wyden 2.88%
4th Democratic Party Sen. Barbara Mikulski 2.66%


Education

Rep. Foster had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Education sector appeared in the top five industries of 12 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Education sector was 4.44 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Education sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Education sector partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
8
Republican Party Republican
0


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Education industries was:
Democratic Party Rep. Bill Foster: 8.54 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Education
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Bill Foster 8.54%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Albio Sires 7%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Rush D. Holt, Jr. 6.16%
4th Democratic Party Rep. John Sarbanes 5.21%
5th Democratic Party Rep. David Price 4.86%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: Education
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Patrick Leahy 3.02%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Tim Kaine 2.75%
3rd Democratic Party Sen. Sherrod Brown 2.11%



Energy

Rep. McKinley had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Energy sector appeared in the top five industries of 113 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Energy sector was 6.77 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Energy sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Energy sector partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
3
Republican Party Republican
19


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Energy industries was:
Republican Party Rep. David McKinley: 17.72 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Electric Utilities
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Joe Barton 7.93%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. John Dingell 7.56%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Ralph Hall 6.97%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Bobby Rush 6.69%
5th Republican Party Rep. Michael Doyle 6.38%
Top five industry recipients: Mining
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. David McKinley 11.04%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Andy Barr 8.2%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Morgan Griffith 7.1%
4th Republican Party Rep. Bob Gibbs 5.82%
5th Republican Party Rep. Bill Johnson 5.73%
Top five industry recipients: Oil & Gas
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Mike Conaway 14.62%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Mike Pompeo 14.21%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Cynthia Lummis 12.43%
4th Republican Party Rep. James Lankford 11.55%
5th Republican Party Rep. Kevin Cramer 11.12%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: Electric Utilities
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. Lisa Murkowski 6.48%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Joe Manchin 4.36%
3rd Republican Party Sen. John Barrasso 3.96%
4th Republican Party Sen. Jim Inhofe 2.84%
5th N/A N/A
Top five industry recipients: Mining
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Joe Manchin 6.17%
2nd Republican Party Sen. John Hoeven 6.02%
3rd N/A N/A
4th N/A N/A
5th N/A N/A
Top five industry recipients: Oil & Gas
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. Jim Inhofe 8.55%
2nd Republican Party Sen. John Hoeven 6.79%
3rd Republican Party Sen. John Barrasso 6.66%
4th Republican Party Sen. John Cornyn 6.41%
5th Republican Party Sen. Lisa Murkowski 6.09%


Farming

Rep. Valadao had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Farming sector appeared in the top five industries of 51 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Farming sector was 7.66 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Farming sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Farming sector partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
5
Republican Party Republican
19


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Farming industries was:
Republican Party Rep. David Valadao: 26.59 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Agricultural Services
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Collin Peterson 8.36%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Frank Lucas 7.58%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Ted Yoho 5.31%
4th Republican Party Rep. Tom Latham 4.65%
5th Republican Party Rep. Vicky Hartzler 4.33%
Top five industry recipients: Crop Production
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Doug LaMalfa 16.8%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Stephen Fincher 14.48%
3rd Republican Party Rep. David Valadao 14.04%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Collin Peterson 13.44%
5th Republican Party Rep. Devin Nunes 12.58%
Top five industry recipients: Dairy
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. David Valadao 9.49%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Devin Nunes 9.38%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Collin Peterson 4.09%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Jim Costa 3.67%
5th Republican Party Rep. Jeff Denham 2.90%
Top five industry recipients: Forestry & Forest Products
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Greg Walden 5.37%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers 3.57%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Kurt Schrader 3.31%
4th Republican Party Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler 2.81%
5th Republican Party Rep. Doc Hastings 2.43%
The top recipients of the Forestry & Forest Products industry are all from either Oregon or Washington State.
Top five industry recipients: Livestock
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Mac Thornberry 6.22%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Cynthia Lummis 5.13%
Top five industry recipients: Tobacco
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Howard Coble 2.55%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: Agricultural Services
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. Jerry Moran 5.11%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Pat Roberts 5.1%
3rd Republican Party Sen. Thad Cochran 3.6%
4th N/A N/A
5th N/A N/A
Top five industry recipients: Crop Production
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Thad Cochran 7.83%
2nd Republican Party Sen. Jerry Moran 6.71%
3rd Republican Party Sen. Saxby Chambliss 4.72%
4th Republican Party Sen. Deb Fischer 3.04%


Food & Entertainment

Rep. Thompson had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Food & Entertainment sector appeared in the top five industries of 52 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Food & Entertainment sector was 4.9 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Food & Entertainment sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Food & Entertainment partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
12
Republican Party Republican
11


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Food & Entertainment industries was: Democratic Party Rep. Mike Thompson: 11.82 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: TV/Movies/Music
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Henry Waxman 9.49%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Karen Bass 9.05%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. John Conyers, Jr. 8.8%
4th Republican Party Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner 6.27%
5th Republican Party Rep. Bob Goodlatte 5.35%
Top five industry recipients: Casinos & Gambling
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Paul Cook 8.05%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Tom Cole 7.24%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Mark Amodei 7.16%
4th Republican Party Rep. Joe Heck 7.06%
5th Democratic Party Rep. Ben Ray Lujan 6.57%

All representatives who received substantial contributions from the Casinos & Gambling industry are from states where gambling is prevalent: California, Nevada, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Top five industry recipients: Beer, Wine & Liquors
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Mike Thompson 11.82%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Pete Gallego 3.31%
Top five industry recipients: Food & Beverage
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Rodney Davis 3.45%
Top five industry recipients: Special Trade Contractors
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Steve Womack 4.41%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Reid Ribble 3.05%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Paul Gosar 2.57%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: TV/Movies/Music
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Patrick Leahy 8.59%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Ed Markey 5.35%
3rd Democratic Party Sen. Cory Booker 3.93%
4th Democratic Party Sen. Barbara Boxer 3.41%
5th Democratic Party Sen. Michael Bennet 2.87%
Top five industry recipients: Casinos & Gambling
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. Dean Heller 4.52%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Harry Reid 4.38%

Sens. Reid & Heller are from Nevada.


Healthcare

Rep. Burgess had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Healthcare sector appeared in the top five industries of 275 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Healthcare sector was 6.41 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Healthcare sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Healthcare sector partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
4
Republican Party Republican
18


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Healthcare industries was:
Republican Party Rep. Michael Burgess: 41.05 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Health Professionals
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Michael Burgess 27.54%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Paul Gosar 26.48%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Tom Price 24.97%
4th Republican Party Rep. Phil Gingrey 22.07%
5th Republican Party Rep. Andy Harris 21.38%
  • All five top Health Professionals recipients received a medical doctorate.
Top five industry recipients: Pharmaceuticals/Health Products
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Anna Eshoo 10.51%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Michael Burgess 10.09%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Joseph Pitts 9.18%
4th Republican Party Rep. Leonard Lance 8.97%
5th Republican Party Rep. Jason Chaffetz 6.43%
Top five industry recipients: Hospitals/Nursing
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Henry Waxman 5.12%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Glenn Thompson 3.87%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Diane Black 3.53%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Jim Cooper 3.44%
5th Republican Party Rep. John Fleming 2.86%
Top five industry recipients: Health Services/HMOs
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Michael Burgess 3.42%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Richard Nugent 3.21%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: Health Professionals
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. John Barrasso 12.43%
2nd Republican Party Sen. Tim Scott 9.71%
3rd Republican Party Sen. John Boozman 6.98%
4th Democratic Party Sen. Ben Cardin 5.91%
5th Republican Party Sen. Mike Enzi 5.81%
Top five industry recipients: Pharmaceuticals
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. Orrin Hatch 7.39%
2nd Republican Party Sen. Mike Enzi 6.80%
3rd Republican Party Sen. John Barrasso 4.12%
4th Republican Party Sen. Richard Burr 3.81%
5th N/A N/A



Lawyers & Lobbyists

Rep. Cartwright had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Lawyers & Lobbyists sector appeared in the top five industries of 374 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Lawyers & Lobbyists sector was 7 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Lawyers & Lobbyists sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Lawyers & Lobbyists partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
18
Republican Party Republican
2


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Lawyers & Lobbyists industries was:
Democratic Party Rep. Matt Cartwright: 33.71 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Lawyers/Law Firms
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Matt Cartwright 33.71%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Bruce Braley 27.06%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Lloyd Doggett 20.23%
4th Democratic Party Rep. John Barrow 17.67%
5th Democratic Party Rep. John Sarbanes 16.48%
Top five industry recipients: Lobbyists
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard 6.29%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Ed Pastor 5.87%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Peter Visclosky 5.81%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Jim Moran 5.7%
5th Democratic Party Rep. Dan Maffei 4.63%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: Lawyers/Law Firms
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Chris Coons 18.06%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. 17.39%
3rd Democratic Party Sen. Bill Nelson 16.12%
4th Democratic Party Sen. Mark Pryor 14.77%
5th Democratic Party Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand 14.35%
Top five industry recipients: Lobbyists
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Patrick Leahy 6.25%
2nd Republican Party Sen. Lisa Murkowski 4.81%
3rd Republican Party Sen. Kelly Ayotte 4.54%
4th Democratic Party Sen. Ed Markey 4.14%
5th Democratic Party Sen. John Walsh 4.03%



Misc. Business

Rep. Womack had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Misc. Business sector appeared in the top five industries of 15 members. The below industries are classified as Misc. Business because they did not fall under the Banking sector.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Misc. Business sector was 3.76 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Misc. Business sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Misc. Business partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
8
Republican Party Republican
5


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Misc. Business industries was:
Republican Party Rep. Steve Womack: 9.33 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Business Services
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Jason Chaffetz 3.74%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod 3.67%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Joseph Kennedy III 3.6%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Mike Quigley 3.51%
5th Democratic Party Rep. Derek Kilmer 3.17%
Top five industry recipients: Retail Sales
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Steve Womack 9.33%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Joyce Beatty 3.92%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Justin Amash 3.24%
Top five industry recipients: Non-Profit Institutions
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Donna Edwards 4.98%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: Business Services
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. Mike Lee 3.62%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Cory Booker 2.57%
3rd Democratic Party Sen. Mark Warner 2.04%
4th N/A N/A
5th N/A N/A
Top five industry recipients: Retail Sales
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. John Boozman 3.3%


Politics & Policy

Rep. Jolly had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Politics & Policy sector appeared in the top five industries of 236 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Politics & Policy sector was 6.35 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Politics & Policy sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Politics & Policy partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
22
Republican Party Republican
22


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Politics & Policy industries was:
Republican Party Rep. David Jolly: 21.5 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Leadership PACs
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. David Jolly 15.2%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Dan Benishek 11.52%
3rd Republican Party Rep. David G. Valadao 11.46%
4th Republican Party Rep. Kerry Bentivolio 11.19%
5th Republican Party Rep. Martha Roby 10.8%
Top five industry recipients: Women's Issues
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Paul Cook 8.41%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick 8.31%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Allyson Schwartz 7.59%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Carol Shea-Porter 6.98%
5th Democratic Party Rep. Annie Kuster 6.07%
Top five industry recipients: Republican/Conservative
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Thomas Massie 9.68%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Tim Walberg 8.74%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Justin Amash 8.3%
4th Republican Party Rep. Tom Cotton 7.97%
5th Republican Party Rep. Keith Rothfus 7.52%
Top five industry recipients: Democratic/Liberal
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Jerry McNerney 4.95%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Kyrsten Sinema 3.41%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Raul Ruiz 3.14%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Annie Kuster 2.67%
5th Democratic Party Rep. Tammy Duckworth 2.61%
Top five industry recipients: Candidate Committees
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. David Jolly 6.01%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Carol Shea-Porter 4.43%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Bill Owens 4.41%
4th Republican Party Rep. Kerry Bentivolio 3.79%
5th Republican Party Rep. William Enyart 3.28%
Top five industry recipients: Environment
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Jerry McNerney 2.91%
Top five industry recipients: Abortion Policy/Anti-Abortion
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Chris Smith 2.88%
Top five industry recipients: Misc. Issues
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Gary Miller 2.96%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: Leadership PACs
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. John Walsh 11.26%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Chris Coons 6.45%
3rd Republican Party Sen. Mike Enzi 6.27%
4th Democratic Party Sen. Joe Donnelly 5.95%
5th Republican Party Sen. Jim Risch 5.57%
Top five industry recipients: Women's Issues
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Claire McCaskill 15.2%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Jeanne Shaheen 7.64%
3rd Democratic Party Sen. Amy Klobuchar 5.08%
4th Democratic Party Sen. Tammy Baldwin 4.8%
5th Democratic Party Sen. Debbie Stabenow 4.07%
Top five industry recipients: Republican/Conservative
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. Jeff Flake 10.63%
2nd Republican Party Sen. Ted Cruz 8.84%
3rd Republican Party Sen. Pat Toomey 4.49%
4th Republican Party Sen. Marco Rubio 3.49%
5th Republican Party Sen. Deb Fischer 3.31%
Top five industry recipients: Democratic/Liberal
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Chris Murphy 3.49%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Elizabeth Warren 2.8%
3rd Democratic Party Sen. Tammy Baldwin 2.46%
4th Democratic Party Sen. Bernie Sanders 2.27%
5th N/A N/A
Top five industry recipients: Candidate Committees
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Sen. Richard Burr 6.34%
2nd Republican Party Sen. Johnny Isakson 4.66%
3rd Democratic Party Sen. Joe Donnelly 2.85%
4th N/A N/A
5th N/A N/A
Top five industry recipients: Environment
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Martin Heinrich 3.03%


Retired

Rep. Meadows had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Retired sector appeared in the top five industries of 304 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Retired sector was 5.45 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Retired sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Retired sector partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
3
Republican Party Republican
6
Independent Independent
1


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Retired industries was:
Republican Party Rep. Mark Meadows: 14.01 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Retired
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Mark Meadows 14.01%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Rush D. Holt, Jr. 12.58%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Scott Tipton 11.8%
4th Republican Party Rep. Virginia Foxx 11.75%
5th Republican Party Rep. Bob Goodlatte 11.3%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: Retired
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Independent Sen. Angus King 10.21%
2nd Democratic Party Sen. Tim Kaine 9.95%
3rd Democratic Party Sen. Chris Murphy 9.69%
4th Republican Party Sen. Marco Rubio 9.58%
5th Republican Party Sen. Mark Kirk 9.35%




Transportation

Rep. Duncan had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Transportation sector appeared in the top five industries of 35 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Transportation sector was 5 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Transportation sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Transportation sector partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
6
Republican Party Republican
13


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Transportation industries was:
Republican Party Rep. John Duncan, Jr.: 14.07 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Air Transport
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. John Duncan, Jr. 9.48%
2nd Republican Party Rep. John Mica 8.88%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Tom Petri 7.17%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson 5.36%
5th Democratic Party Rep. Nick Rahall 4.6%
Top five industry recipients: Automotive
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Roger Williams 7.66%
2nd Republican Party Rep. John Campbell 6.58%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Candice Miller 6.32%
4th Democratic Party Rep. John Dingell 5.72%
5th Republican Party Rep. Billy Long 4.69%
Top five industry recipients: Railroads
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Daniel Lipinski 6.14%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Corrine Brown 4.97%
3rd Republican Party Rep. John Duncan, Jr. 4.59%
4th Republican Party Rep. Tom Petri 3.8%
5th Republican Party Rep. Lou Barletta 2.64%
Top five industry recipients: Sea Transport
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Republican Party Rep. Steve Scalise 4.62%
2nd Republican Party Rep. Don Young 4.4%
3rd Republican Party Rep. Duncan Hunter 3.19%
4th Republican Party Rep. Colleen Hanabusa 2.73%

Senators

Top five industry recipients: Air Transport
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Jay Rockefeller 2.99%


Unions

Rep. Serrano had the highest concentration.

The industries categorized in the Unions sector appeared in the top five industries of 150 members.

The average percentage of career contributions received from the Unions sector was 9.31 percent.

Partisan breakdown

The top five recipients of the industries comprising the Unions sector had a partisan breakdown of:

Unions sector partisan breakdown
Party Recipients
Democratic Party Democratic
18
Independent Independent
1


The member who had the highest concentration of all combined Unions industries was:
Democratic Party Rep. Jose Serrano: 32.86 percent

Representatives

Top five industry recipients: Building Trade Unions
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. George Miller 8.33%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Robert Brady 8.28%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Mark Pocan 7.71%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Marcy Kaptur 7.36%
5th Democratic Party Rep. Al Green 7.02%
Top five industry recipients: Industrial Unions
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Marcy Kaptur 8.59%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. George Miller 7.34%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Gene Green 7.23%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Luis Gutierrez 6.87%
5th Democratic Party Rep. Al Green 6.41%
Top five industry recipients: Public Sector Unions
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Jose Serrano 13.87%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Danny K. Davis 10.97%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Frederica Wilson 7.65%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard 7.53%
5th Democratic Party Rep. Chaka Fattah 7.23%
Top five industry recipients: Transportation Unions
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Corrine Brown 9.11%
2nd Democratic Party Rep. Peter DeFazio 8.71%
3rd Democratic Party Rep. Jose Serrano 8.66%
4th Democratic Party Rep. Nick Rahall 8.6%
5th Democratic Party Rep. Elijah Cummings 7.92%
Top five industry recipients: Civil Servants/Public Officials
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Bill Foster 3.41%
Top five industry recipients: Misc. Unions
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Rep. Donna Edwards 3.82%


Senators

Top five industry recipients: Building Trade Unions
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Joe Donnelly 3.02%
2nd N/A N/A
3rd N/A N/A
4th N/A N/A
5th N/A N/A
Top five industry recipients: Industrial Unions
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders 2.1%
2nd N/A N/A
3rd N/A N/A
4th N/A N/A
5th N/A N/A
Top five industry recipients: Public Sector Unions
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders 2%
2nd N/A N/A
3rd N/A N/A
4th N/A N/A
5th N/A N/A
Top five industry recipients: Transportation Unions
RankCongressman% of career contributions
1st Democratic Party Sen. Mazie Hirono 2.99%

Committee membership and donations

Banking

House Committee on Financial Services

See also: United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services
Committee chair Rep. Jeb Hensarling.

The members listed above who are on the House Committee on Financial services include:

House Ways and Means Committee

See also: United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means

The members listed above who are on the House Ways and Means Committee include:

  • Reps. John Larson, Kenny Marchant and Richard Neal. They all serve on the committee and have received over 6 percent of their career contributions from the above banking related industries.

Senate Finance Committee

See also: United States Senate Committee on Finance

The members listed above who are on the Senate Finance Committee include:

Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

See also: United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

The members listed above who are on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs include:

Energy

House Committee on Energy and Commerce

See also: United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce
Committee chair Rep. Joe Barton.

The members listed above who are on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce include:

Note: All five top recipients of donations from the Electric Utilities industry sit on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

House Committee on Natural Resources

See also: United States House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources

The member listed above who are on the House Committee on Natural Resources include:

  • Rep. Cynthia Lummis. She serves on the committee and have received over 12.43 percent of their career contributions from the above energy related industries.

Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

See also: United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

The members listed above who are on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources include:

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

See also: United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

The members listed above who are on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works include:

  • Sens. Jim Inhofe and John Barrasso. They serve on the committee and have received over 3.8 percent of their career contributions from the above energy related industries.

Farming

House Committee on Agriculture

See also: United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture
Committee chair Rep. Frank Lucas.

The members listed above who are on the House Committee on Agriculture:

Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Committee ranking member Sen. Thad Cochran.
See also: United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

The members listed above who are on the Senate Committee on Agriculture include:

Healthcare

Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

See also: United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

The members listed above who are on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions include:

  • Sens. Richard Burr and Orrin Hatch. They serve on the committee and have received over 3.81 percent of their career contributions from the above health related industries.

Transportation

Ranking member Rep. Nick Rahall.

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

See also: United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

The members listed above who are on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastrucure:

Unions

Ranking member Rep. Jeb Hensarling.

House Committee on Education and the Workforce

See also: United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce

The members listed above who are on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce include:




See also

External links

References

  1. Information is only available back to 1989 for members who were elected prior to 1990.
  2. OpenSecrets.org, "How we classify contributions," October 15, 2014
  3. These are the business/sales related industries that did not fit under Banking.
  4. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Michael Burgess," accessed September 23, 2014
  5. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Matt Cartwright," accessed September 24, 2014
  6. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Scott Perry," accessed September 24, 2014
  7. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Jose E. Serrano," accessed September 26, 2014
  8. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Spencer Bachus," accessed September 19, 2014
  9. Career contributions is defined as their donations from their first race to updated figures for 2014. If member was elected prior to 1990, there is only data back to 1989.