Smart Approaches To Marijuana overplay it a touch with their headline , “The Money Trail: Where Big Pot Meets Big Politics”
When you look at the numbers, as the following piece in the Hill does, you’ll note that barring two GOP former representatives Rohrabacher & Curbelo the donations are, well, moderate.
We could take a look at some other industries; oil, pharma, alcohol and compare donations but we’ll leave that to another day
We note in OR that Representative Suzanne Bonamici received a witty donation of $420
The Hill write..
Topping the list is Blumenauer with $33,176. He received money from multiple contributors, including two contributions of $5,000 from the National Cannabis Industry Association PAC.
Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) was second on the list, taking in $19,350, most of which came in contributions of less than $1,000.
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), came in third with $18,604 in contributions, while Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) received $16,858 from marijuana industry groups and Rep. Tom McClintock (Calif.) received $12,350.
The states the lawmakers hail from — Oregon, Nevada, California and Colorado — all have laws allowing legal recreational cannabis use.
Two former House GOP lawmakers actually took in more than Blumenauer, but both are out of Congress after losing their reelection bids.
Former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) took in over $90,000 and former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) received over $80,000, according to Smart Approaches to Marijuana’s data. Rohrabacher was a prominent pro-marijuana industry advocate while in the House.
Looking at senators who won reelection in 2018, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) received the most from marijuana groups. He took in $5,733, while Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) received $5,400 and Sen. Maria Cantwell(D-Wash.) received $2,700.
Two former House members who were elected to the upper chamber, Democratic Sens. Jacky Rosen (Nev.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), received $10,150 and $2,500, respectively. Former Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who lost his reelection bid to Rosen, took in $5,000 from marijuana groups, according to SAM.
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