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“We already pay for congressional campaigns, we just label it ‘the national debt.’ Interests that donate to campaigns often get what they want from legislation, and we all pay for that; by comparison, public financing seems like a bargain.”

- Lee Hamilton
Former Congressman from Indiana
ACR Advisory Board Member

Money in Politics and the Environment

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Energy Industry Invests $3 billion in Washington

Energy Industry Outspends Environment 20:1

Energy Money Targets Regulators, Incumbents

Energy Money Follows Partisan Trends

Source: Center for Responsive Politics analysis of campaign finance disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission, 1990-2008