Corruption Perception Index #22 – Power Lines

Number of top 100 Bush Administration officials who were either affiliated with or had professional/economic interests in the energy industry: 51. Upper range of the total estimated amount invested in the energy sector cumulatively by these top 100 officials: $144.6 million.

May 1, 2002

• Number of top 100 Bush Administration officials who were either affiliated with or had professional/economic interests in the energy industry: 51

• Upper range of the total estimated amount invested in the energy sector cumulatively by these top 100 officials: $144.6 million

• Number of Bush campaign “Pioneers” (people who raised at least $100,000 each) who work in the energy sector: 28

• Number of energy industry executives and lobbyists who met with Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham while the Bush energy plan was being drafted: 103

• Total federal campaign contributions given by these individuals and companies since 1999: $29.1 million

• Ratio of amount given to Republicans vs. Democrats: 3-1

• Campaign contributions given by environmental organizations since 1999: $2.1 million

• Number of meetings Energy Secretary Abraham held with environmental groups while the Bush energy plan was being drafted: 0

• Total campaign contributions by alternative energy producers, 1989-2002: $1.5 million

• Total campaign contributions by the rest of the energy sector (oil, gas, mining, utilities, waste management), 1989-2002: $251.4 million

• Amount the U.S. spends annually on solar power research: $90 million

• Amount the U.S. has spent over the last ten years subsidizing wind power: $55 million

• Cost of tax breaks for the oil, gas, coal and nuclear industries, over the next ten years, doled out in the House energy plan: $27.6 billion

• Cost, per taxpayer, of those tax breaks: $145

• Cost, per taxpayer, of full public financing for all congressional elections: about $10 per year

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