MapLight.org: Securities and investment industry donors give big to Congress

With both the House and Senate passing versions of the STOCK Act this week, our friends at MapLight.org have a timely new report today looking at the money members of Congress received from the financial sector from July 1 2009 through June 30, 2011.

Regular readers of our blog won’t be surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is right near the top of the list with at least $629,350 from the securities and investment industry. Only Speaker John Boehner has raised more than that--$830,700 from securities and investment industry donors in the past two years.

Other key facts from the analysis:

U.S. House of Representatives (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2011)

  • Interest groups representing the Securities & investment industry have given a total of $18,780,724 to members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Republican House members received a combined $11,367,220 in contributions connected to Securities & investment interest groups while Democrats have received $7,413,504.
  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor received $629,350; House Speaker John Boehner received $830,700; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received $157,800; and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer received $136,150.

U.S. Senate (July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2011)

  • Interest groups representing the Securities & investment industry have given $52,462,797 to current members of the U.S. Senate.
  • Democratic and Independent senators received a total of $25,917,187 in contributions connected to Securities & investment interest groups while their Republican counterparts totaled $26,545,610.