The Mark UP

Special interest contributions to Rep. Upton dwarf those from his constituents

Since assuming the chairmanship of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Upton’s actions — such as promoting policies that hurt Michigan families or pandering to a big donor at a House hearing on air pollution — illustrate that he is prioritizing special interests’ profits over the well-being of his own constituents.

In looking over the contributions he has received so far this year, I couldn’t help wondering whether the overwhelming contributions from special interests were affecting his judgment:

  • Of the $350,000 he’s received so far this year, roughly 80% came from PACs (only two of which are from Michigan).
  • In fact, less than 10% of his contributions come directly from his constituents.

A glance at the list of contributors illustrates his ongoing popularity with the oil, coal and gas industries (which falls under Rep. Upton’s committee jurisdiction):

It’s interesting to note that there are no coal mines in Rep. Upton’s district, but he receives substantial donations from mining companies and is promoting policies that help them.

Rep Upton, shouldn’t you explain how your policies are protecting the people of Michigan, not supporting dirty energy polluters?