Political Contributions: A table

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In order for a party or person to be elected, they must have support.

In a political campaign, support comes in various forms such as lawn placards, rallies, etc. But the most important element of that support is money. Money makes that world go round and it helps politicians win. But where is that money coming from?

With the 2012 presidential election creeping closer, all eyes are on politicians, including the eyes of industries or organizations looking to fund their preferred candidates. But this entry does not look at the presidential race, but rather the politicians representing Indiana County, Pa. Below is a table summarizing the top contributors, industries and dollar amounts sorted by politician.
PoliticianTop Contributor Top Industry or Sector Source
Sen. Pat ToomeyClub For Growth$838,641 Republican/Conservative$1,258,090 OpenSecrets.org
Sen. Bob CaseyComcast
$107,175 Lawyers/Law Firms$1,779,129 OpenSecrets.org
U.S. Rep. Bill ShusterNew Enterprise Stone & Lime$15,300 Railroads$47,645 OpenSecrets.org
U.S. Rep. Mark CritzTied between - Rosebud Mining and American Crystal Sugar$15,000 (each)Mining$68,226 OpenSecrets.org
State Rep. Jeff PyleJames C. Forrest III (Rosebud Mining) $23,000 Mining$49,855 FollowtheMoney.org
State Rep. Dave ReedThomas J. Smith (TJS Mining)$20,000 Mining$63,650 FollowtheMoney.org
State Rep. Sam SmithTied between - Comcast and Pennsylvania Future Fund$25,000 (each)Electric Utilities$30,125 FollowtheMoney.org
State Sen. Donald C. WhiteStudents First$20,000 Insurance$66,512 FollowtheMoney.org

The links used above link directly to the organizations' websites. If a link is missing for a company or organization, it is because there is no official website.

Readers, what conclusions do you draw from Indiana County's politicians in regard to political contributions?

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