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.
|Politician||Top Contributor||Top Industry or Sector||Source|
|Sen. Pat Toomey||Club For Growth||$838,641||Republican/Conservative||$1,258,090||OpenSecrets.org|
|Sen. Bob Casey||Comcast||$107,175||Lawyers/Law Firms||$1,779,129||OpenSecrets.org|
|U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster||New Enterprise Stone & Lime||$15,300||Railroads||$47,645||OpenSecrets.org|
|U.S. Rep. Mark Critz||Tied between - Rosebud Mining and American Crystal Sugar||$15,000 (each)||Mining||$68,226||OpenSecrets.org|
|State Rep. Jeff Pyle||James C. Forrest III (Rosebud Mining)||$23,000||Mining||$49,855||FollowtheMoney.org|
|State Rep. Dave Reed||Thomas J. Smith (TJS Mining)||$20,000||Mining||$63,650||FollowtheMoney.org|
|State Rep. Sam Smith||Tied between - Comcast and Pennsylvania Future Fund||$25,000 (each)||Electric Utilities||$30,125||FollowtheMoney.org|
|State Sen. Donald C. White||Students 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?