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OpenSecrets – Agribusiness

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Agribusiness

The agribusiness sector is composed of a diverse group of interests — crop producers, livestock and meat producers, poultry and egg companies, dairy farmers, timber producers, tobacco companies and food manufacturers and stores.

Individuals and political action committees associated with the agribusiness sector contributed $65 million at the federal level during the 2008 election cycle and leaned Republican — giving the GOP 62 percent of its contributions. In years past, the sector has been even more supportive of Republicans, giving as much as three-quarters of its contributions to the party. However, the sector marginally increased its contributions to Democrats after they regained Congress in 2006 – a trend that has persisted going into the 2012 presidential elections. [Read more Background]

Top Contributors, 2009-2010

Contributor Amount
American Crystal Sugar $2,071,550
Altria Group $970,400
Farm Credit Council $677,184
Dean Foods $639,700
Safeway Inc $555,175

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Top Industries Lobbying on Agribusiness, 2010

Industry Total
Agricultural Services/Products $25,770,916
Food Processing & Sales $20,155,916
Crop Production & Basic Processing $15,133,351
Tobacco $12,616,881
Forestry & Forest Products $10,145,759

…view more Lobbying

Top Recipients, 2009-2010

Candidate Office Amount
Lincoln, Blanche (D-AR) Senate $1,311,716
Moran, Jerry (R-KS) House $465,995
Peterson, Collin C (D-MN) House $449,496
Blunt, Roy (R-MO) House $434,677
Burr, Richard (R-NC) Senate $372,253

…view more Recipients

…view more Money to Congress

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