Common Cause Ohio

Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets

Campaign Cash and Fracking Regulation in Ohio


Natural gas interests have spent more than $747 million during a 10-year campaign – stunningly successful so far – to avoid government regulation of hydraulic “fracking,” a fast-growing and environmentally risky process used in Ohio and at least a dozen other states to tap underground gas reserves.

A faction of the natural gas industry has directed more than $20 million to the campaigns of current members of Congress – including $600,000 to Ohioans -- and put $726 million into lobbying aimed at shielding itself from oversight, according to the report, the third in a series of “Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets” reports.

Rep. John Boehner led Ohio’s Congressional delegation with $186,900 raised from fracking interests, followed Sen. Rob Portman with $91,000, Rep. Steve Chabot with $59,050, and Rep. Steve Stivers with $51,250.

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Download the Ohio fracking money spreadsheet (Excel)

Press coverage

MSNBC
Toledo Blade
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Akron Beacon Journal
Columbus Dispatch
Youngstown Vindicator