The tobacco industry has always been a major player in congressional campaigns, and the ASH 2016 Tobacco Campaign Contribution Map highlights just how pervasive tobacco money is in politics. While awareness about the harms of tobacco use has increased over the years, unfortunately Big Tobacco’s role in politics has not decreased.
The problem is getting worse. In the 2014 election cycle, Big Tobacco contributed $2.3 million to candidates. In 2012, the last presidential election year, the contributions totaled $2.1 million. For this 2016 cycle, Big Tobacco has contributed OVER $2.5 million in almost every state, across the aisle. Read our Blog> to learn about why this is a serious problem.
As of October 15, 2016, over $2.5 million has been contributed to federal representatives in this election cycle. For information on trends in tobacco campaign finance, please visit the Center for Responsive Politics’ Tobacco Page.
If your representative is one of the many who has NOT taken campaign funding from tobacco corporations, we encourage you to write, call, or tweet to thank them.
If your representatives HAVE taken tobacco money, write, call, or tweet them to explain why it’s important that they stop!
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Top 10 Recipients
|1||Mitch McConnell (R-KY)||$175,975|
|2||Richard Burr (R-NC)||$163,800|
|3||Mark Warner (D-VA)||$127,749|
|4||Thom Tillis (R-NC)||$81,000|
|5||Tim Kaine (D-VA)||$48,551|
|6||Pat Toomey (R-PA)||$46,157|
|7||John Cornyn (R-TX)||$41,434|
|8||Tom Cotton (R-AR)||$38,700|
|9||Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)||$37,386|
|10||Dean Heller (R-NV)||$35,000|
Top 10 Recipients
|1||Kevin McCarthy (R-CA23)||$62,850|
|2||George Holding (R-NC12)||$47,925|
|3||Charles Boustany Jr (R-LA3)||$35,600|
|4||Paul Ryan (R-WI1)||$30,266|
|5||Steve Scalise (R-LA1)||$27,399|
|6||Kevin Yoder (R-KS3)||$24,920|
|7||Patrick T. McHenry (R-NC9)||$22,749|
|8||Richard Hudson (R-NC7)||$22,000|
|9||Mark Walker (R-NC5)||$19,375|