Fracking interests spent heavily to influence NC lawmakers
With the debate over fracking for natural gas heating up at the North Carolina legislature, a new report from an elections watchdog group documents the industry’s generous contributions to lawmakers’ campaigns.
Legislators who supported a pro-fracking bill last year received more than triple the amount of campaign money from fracking interests than opponents of the bill, according to a report released today by North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections (NCVCE). In all, the political action committees of companies with an interest in fracking contributed to the campaigns of more than 100 N.C. legislators between 2009 and 2011 — over $730,000 in all. Continue reading