Campaign Contributions Given From Companies in Favor of Genetically Modified Agriculture

Current members of the 113th Congress have received millions of dollars worth of campaign contributions in support of genetically modified crops.

| March 22, 2013

Reposted with permission from MapLight.  

 Monsanto and other companies that support genetically modified agriculture have just won a major victory in Congress. A rider ( Sec. 735) included in the 2013 continuing resolution (H.R. 933), a bill that must be passed by Congress to prevent a government shutdown, stripped federal courts of their power to restrict the use of genetically modified crops that they find have not undergone a complete environmental impact assessment from the USDA. The rider essentially eliminated the only legal tool environmental advocates had for slowing down or stopping the use of new genetically modified crops. The bill passed the Senate yesterday by a vote of 73-26 and the House today by a vote of 318-109.

Sec. 735 was inserted in the bill when it was in the Senate Appropriations Committee, although so far no member of the Committee has publicly acknowledged putting it in. An amendment to remove the provision was proposed by Senator Jon Tester, but the amendment was not allowed a vote.

Data: According to a MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to members of the 113th Congress from the political action committees of several organizations supporting the use of genetically modified crops, since January 1, 2009 (data source: FEC):

  • Current members of Congress have received $7,450,434 from the PACs of these organizations.
  • Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee have received $371,925 from the PACs of these organizations.
  • Senator Roy Blunt, a member of the Appropriations Committee, has received $70,592 from the PACs of these organizations, the most received by any member of the Appropriations Committee and the second-most received by any senator.

Organization    2010 cycle  2012 cycle  2014 cycle   Total 
American Crystal Sugar $1,306,500 $1,861,000 $175,000 $3,342,500 
American Farm Bureau  $336,209 $601,312         — $937,521 
National Cotton Council $201,854 $347,378         — $549,232 
Monsanto Company $199,249 $341,000         — $540,249 
Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative $189,900 $238,500 $31,000 $459,400 

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative

$132,300 $263,332         — $395,632 
Syngenta Corporation $155,000 $231,500         — $386,500 
Cargill, Inc. $133,000 $216,500         — $349,500 
Archer Daniels Midland $128,000 $215,500 $2,000 $345,500 
Scotts Miracle-Gro $85,500 $58,900        — $144,400 
 Total  $2,867,512    $4,374,922     $208,000       $7,450,434    

To download a spreadsheet of this data, click here.

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