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November 10, 2003

Chemical Industry Scores Major Victories In Congressional Races.

The midterm election was a major victory for the chemical industry as nine of the top ten recipients of industry contributions won their races. Most notably, Rep. Jim Talent (R-MO), who was the single largest recipient of chemical industry money of all candidates in the 2002 elections, narrowly edged Sen. Jean Carnahan (D-MO) for the Missouri Senate seat in one of the most closely watched congre ssional races in the country.Republicans Talent, Texas Attorney General John Cornyn, Elizabeth Dole (NC), Rep. Lindsey Graham (SC) and former Mayor of Saint Paul Norm Coleman (MN) all scored victories in Senate races that were critical in allowing the GOP to regain control of the Senate.

Each of these candidates was among the top ten recipients of chemical industry money in the 2002 election cycle, according to http://www.insideepa.com/secure/data_extra/dir_03/epa2002_3096.pdf by the Center for Responsive Politics.

On the House side, 18 of the top 20 recipients of chemical industry money won their elections.Most of the industry's contributions went to incumbents, particularly members of the House leadership and members of the Energy and Commerce Committee.Talent and Cornyn were the top two recipients of chemical industry money for this election cycle, receiving $54,600 and $42,700 respectively. Dole was seventh, receiving $32,250; Graham was ninth, receiving $29,550; and Coleman was tenth, receiving $27,550.In addit ion, Lamar Alexander, the former governor of Tennessee, won the state's Senate seat backed by $16,000 of chemical industry money. The seat was left open by Sen. Fred Thompson (R), who retired from the Senate.Another notable recipient of industry money was Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-OK), who is likely to become chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and has been a strong supporter of industry-backed chemical security legislation that would codify the industry's 'Responsible Care' progra m. Inhofe received $20,750 from the industry, placing him 16th among recipients running in the election.

The data shows that the industry has contributed a total of $5.5 million to political candidates during the current election cycle. The top 20 candidates receiving money from the industry include 16 Republicans and four Democrats, according to data reflec ting contributions both from individuals and from political action committees (PACs) associated with chemical groups.Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) received $55,150, the largest total contribution from the chemical industry. Voinovich, who is not up for ree lection until 2004, is currently the ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on clean air, wetlands, private property and nuclear safety.The next four top recipients are Talent, Cornyn, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), a nd House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman W.J. Billy  Tauzin (R-LA).

By far the top contributor within the chemical industry was Agvar Chemicals, a manufacturer of bulk pharmaceutical chemicals, at $773,625. Almost all of the contributions went to Democratic candidates.Other major contributors include the American Chemistr y Council (ACC), which donated $456,627, followed closely by Contran Corp and Dow Chemical. All three organizations donated primarily to Republicans. The top Democratic recipient from the overall industry was Rep. John Dingell (MI), the ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, at $33,000.The industry gave approximately $1.7 million from individuals, $1.34 million from PACs, and $2.4 million in soft money. Contributions included $3.7 million to Republicans and $1.9 million to Democrats.
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