Fred Upton Holding Court with Polluters That Fund His Campaign

National Journal reports in an email this morning:

UPTON HUDDLES WITH INDUSTRY, BUSINESS EXECUTIVES. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., sits down this morning with some of the country’s top lobbyists from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, and other major industry groups to talk about the Environmental Protection Agency's antismog standards it’s planning to announce in coming weeks. Industry groups and Upton want EPA to delay the rules until 2013.

It’s no surprise that Upton would hold court with these trade associations trying to protect polluters—he has benefited greatly from their largess, including in the first half of 2011.

In the first quarter of 2011, Upton received over $120,000 from the energy and natural resources sector, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.* That includes $15,500 from oil and gas interests, $15,000 from coal mining, and $74,650 from electric utilities. In fact, he’s the top recipient of utilities money this year.

In Upton’s filings for fundraising from April to June, we found at least $104,000 in campaign contributions from energy industry PACs and employees, including $8,000 from executives of coal-powered utility Ameren and its subsidiaries, and donations from the PACs of several energy companies. They include:

Political Action Committee

Donation

Duke Energy Corp PAC

$10,000

Power PAC of the Edison Electric Institute

$10,000

American Electric Power  PAC

$5,000

CMS Energy Corporation Employees for Better Government PAC

$5,000

CMS Energy/Consumers Power Co. PAC

$5,000

Constellation Brands PAC

$5,000

Constellation Energy Group PAC

$5,000

Entergy Corporation PAC

$5,000

Koch Industries PAC

$5,000

A recent poll from the American Lung Association found that 65% of Ohio and Michigan voters supported the EPA setting stricter limits on smog. If only his constituents had PACs.

*There may be some overlap in political action committee giving between Center for Responsive Politics numbers and our second quarter analysis of Upton’s filings with the FEC.