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Who Owns Your Congressman? (Infographic)

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Ever wonder who or what is paying big bucks to members of Congress?

The website Masters-In-Accounting.org has created a handy infographic (below) entitled "Who Owns Your Congressman?" that shows where the big money comes from.

The numbers were reportedly tallied via these sources: OpenSecrets.org, NBCNews.com and CRP.org.

Topping the chart is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is supported by corporations.

At number two is the National Association of Realtors, followed by Blue Cross/Blue Shield (health care), the American Hospital Association (health care), Comcast Corp. (broadcasting), General Electric and the Pharmaceutical Researchers & Manufacturers of America (drug companies).

The combined fundraising of those groups and several more (see below) was a massive $441,541, 321, which could have been spent on 22 million doctors visits in the US.

According to The Guardian, conservatives spend about $1 billion per year on climate change-denying groups (from 2003 to 2010) per a study published in the journal Climatic Change.

"It is not just a couple of rogue individuals doing this," the study's author Robert Brulle told The Guardian. "This is a large-scale political effort."

The climate denying activity included: lobbying, political contributions and media campaigns to discredit the scientific reports about global warming.

The right-wing American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Heritage Foundation were among the top recipients of the climate change counter-movement funding.

Other funded groups that supported climate change denial were the Searle Freedom Trust, the John William Pope Foundation, the Howard Charitable Foundation and the Sarah Scaife Foundation.

"Powerful funders are supporting the campaign to deny scientific findings about global warming and raise public doubts about the roots and remedies of this massive global threat," added Brulle. "At the very least, American voters deserve to know who is behind these efforts."

Sources: Masters-In-Accounting.orgThe Guardian

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