U.S. Federal Issues

Tobacco Industry Contributions
to Federal Campaigns

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The tobacco industry contributes millions of dollars each election cycle to candidates for Congress in an effort to influence federal policies. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids issues biannual updates detailing these contributions.

The latest update shows that so far during the 2013-2014 election cycle, tobacco company political action committees (PACs) donated more than $400,000 directly to federal candidates. During the 2011-2012 election cycle, tobacco PACs gave more than $1.6 million in contributions to federal candidates.
 

 

Tobacco PAC Contributions to Members of Congress

Alabama

Alaska

American Samoa

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Massachusetts

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

North Mariana

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virgin Islands

Virginia

Washington

Washington D.C.

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Other Resources

  • The Federal Election Commission (FEC). The FEC is the official source of federal campaign finance data. Information on donations to and from candidate committees, official political action committees (PACs), individual donations, soft money contributions, and political party committees is available through the FEC web site and the Washington DC office.

  • Common Cause is an independent non-profit advocacy organization focusing on campaign finance reform and other issues that enhance citizens' participation in democracy.

  • The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group that tracks money in politics and its impact on elections and public policy. The website allows for searches by industry, candidate, contributor and political party.

  • The Center for Public Integrity maintains a database of contributions to and expenditures by 527 committees. Their database also includes state-level information.

  • The Center for Public Integrity also tracks state-level lobbying. In an August 2005 report, the Center gathered overall, aggregate spending totals available in each state.

  • The University of California–San Francisco web site contains state reports on tobacco industry political activity that provide an in-depth look at the tobacco industry's political activities and the influence on state level policies.

 

Tobacco PAC Contributions

  • Summary Tables and Charts

  • Appendix A: Tobacco PAC Contributions to Members of Congress (Jan. 2001-Dec. 2013, Contributions for Federal Office Only)

  • Appendix B: Tobacco PAC Donations to Challengers and Former Members (2011-2013)

State Contributions