Portman Raked in 6X Average Contribution from Pro-TPP Group
COLUMBUS – U.S. Senator Rob Portman raked in nearly $120,000 in campaign cash — in just the first three months of this year — from corporate backers of the massive Pacific trade agreement he voted to Fast-Track, according to reports by The Guardian newspaper.
According to The Guardian’s analysis, Portman took more than 6 times the average contribution to U.S. Senate campaigns from corporate members of the US Business Coalition for TPP between January and March 2015. In fact, more than 10 percent of the total $1.15 million spent by the group went to prop up Portman’s re-election campaign.
The Guardian reports:
“Fast-tracking the TPP, meaning its passage through Congress without having its contents available for debate or amendments, was only possible after lots of corporate money exchanged hands with senators. . . .
“Using data from the Federal Election Commission, this chart shows all donations that corporate members of theUS Business Coalition for TPP made to US Senate campaigns between January and March 2015, when fast-tracking the TPP was being debated in the Senate:
- Out of the total $1,148,971 given, an average of $17,676.48 was donated to each of the 65 “yea” votes.
- The average Republican member received $19,673.28 from corporate TPP supporters.
- The average Democrat received $9,689.23 from those same donors. . . .
“Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, who is the former US trade representative, has been one of the loudest proponents of the TPP. He received $119,700 from 14 different corporations between January and March . . . ”
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