Campaign 2010

Jan 05, 2011

Guess Who Darrell Issa Wants to Protect From Regulations? The Same Industries That Fund His Campaign

According to a partial list of industries uncovered in a POLITICO report yesterday, Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa has asked leading companies from the telecommunications, energy, oil and gas, manufacturers, transportation, and pharmaceutical and health care industries which government regulations they would want removed. The industries Issa wanted to protect by asking them to choose regulations for elimination are the same industries that have been filling Darrell Issa’s campaign coffers for years.

"It’s now clear that Representative Issa’s never ending investigations have nothing to do with the truth and everything to do with helping his partisan politics,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Representative Issa's investigations to protect his corporate special interest friends erodes what little credibility he had left with his wasteful investigations. The only jobs Issa’s investigations create are for lawyers on his committee and accountants at his political action committees."

Issa's Friends

Accepted Over $300,000 from Telecommunications Interests. Since 2002, Issa has received $306,667 from various telecommunications interests that were funneled through both his personal campaign account and his leadership committee. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 1/04/11]

Accepted over $275,000 in Campaign Contributions from Pharmaceutical and Health Care Interests. Between Issa’s personal campaign fund and his political action committee, he has taken $275,114 in contributions from pharmaceutical and health products interests. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 1/04/11]

Accepted Nearly $200,000 from Energy Interests. Between Issa’s personal campaign fund and his political action committee, he has taken $196,958 in contributions from electric utilities interests. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 1/04/11]

Accepted Over $120,000 from Oil and Gas Interests. Between Issa’s personal campaign fund and his political action committee, he has taken $123,350  in contributions from oil and gas interests. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 1/04/11]

Accepted Over $50,000 from Manufacturers and Distributors. Between Issa’s personal campaign fund and his political action committee, he has taken $55,005 in contributions from manufacturing and distributing interests. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 1/04/11]

Accepted Thousands from Automotive Interests. From December 2009 to August 2010, Issa accepted $5,800 from the Presidents of two Toyota dealers in the greater Temecula area. [FEC.gov, accessed 1/04/11]

Accepted Thousands from Railroad Interests. In April 2009, Issa accepted a $3,000 contribution to his political action committee from the Union Pacific Corp. Fund for Effective Government PAC. [FEC.gov, accessed 1/04/11]

Background

According to POLITICO Issa asked businesses from the following groups about which regulations to change regulations "The partial list of industries Representative Issa asked about removing regulations But a partial list obtained by POLITICO includes ones sent Dec. 13 to Duke Energy, the Association of American Railroads, FMC Corp., Toyota and Bayer. Others receiving inquiries from Issa over the course of the month included the American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) and entities representing health care and telecommunication providers. [POLITICO, 1/4/10]