WASHINGTON -- There was no shortage of cash flow to congressional campaigns leading up to Friday’s trade votes, according to data released  Saturday by the non-partisan research groups, MapLight and the Center for Responsive Politics.

The report shows industries supporting the Senate-passed Trade Act of 2015 gave $197.9 million to current House members. Industries opposing the legislation gave $23.1 million. Businesses like railroads, telephone utilities, agriculture and manufacturing weighed heavily in the deal’s favor. While the greatest contributors to the anti-trade efforts were the teachers, teamsters, transportation, automotive and federal employees unions among others.

Every member of the Minnesota delegation received funds both from groups in favor of and opposing the trade legislation in amounts ranging from $500 to $1,420,630, according to the report.

Republican Reps. Erik Paulsen and John Kline led the delegation in money received from interest groups supporting the deal, receiving $1,420,630 and $940,622 respectively. While their Democratic counterparts Reps. Rick Nolan and Tim Walz received the highest amounts of money from groups opposing the legislation with $186,200 and $146,200 respectively, according to the report.

Trade adjustment assistance failed in the House, but trade promotion authority passed by a 219-211 margin. Nothing will be sent to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature since a concurrent passage of both was required. It's possible the House will revisit trade adjustment assistance this week.

Name

 

 

  

 

Tim Walz

Party

 

 

 

 

D

District

 

 

 

 

MN-1

$ from interest

groups that

supported

 

         

             $308,244

$ from interest

groups that

opposed

 

     

     $146,200

Vote

 

 

 

 

No

John Kline

R

MN-2

$940,622

$7,500

Yes

Erik Paulsen

R

MN-3

$1,420,630

$24,010

Yes

Betty McCollum

D

MN-4

$141,400

$113,250

No

Keith Ellison

D

MN-5

$205,062

$135,805

No

Tom Emmer

R

MN-6

$276,756

$500

Yes

Collin Peterson

D

MN-7

$732,967

$90,500

No

Richard Nolan

D

MN-8

$280,071

$186,200

No

Data from maplight.org.

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