Agribusiness Contributions to Members of the Super Committee

Jeffrey ErnstFriedman | November 14, 2011

Nov 14, 2011 - With the deadline looming for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction -- also known as the Super Committee -- to make its recommendations on how to cut the federal deficit by at least $1.5 trillion dollars over 10 years, there are talks that the leaders of the agriculture committees in both chambers will use the opportunity to accelerate the consideration of language for the 2012 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill, usually taken up every 5 years, is the major spending vehicle for numerous agriculture priorities such as crop insurance, farm subsidies, and food stamps. The last authorization was signed into law in 2008, and the direct subsidies to farmers, amongst other measures, are in the crosshairs of lawmakers trying to find ways to cut spending from the federal budget.

MapLight has conducted an analysis of campaign contributions to members of the Super Committee from interests within the Agribusiness industry as defined by the Center for Responsive Politics. Since Jan. 1, 2001, agriculture interest groups have contributed over $3.7 million to members of the Super Committee. (Click here to see a MapLight analysis of contributions from agriculture interest groups to members of the House and Senate agriculture committees.)

Included in this report are total contributions to the 12 members of the Super Committee from the top industries and organizations classified as belonging to the "Agribusiness" sector.

NOTE: The figures below only include contributions coded as belonging to the "Agribusiness" sector by the Center for Responsive Politics. They do not necessarily represent all contributions from the organization (and its employees) to members of the Super Committee.

Contributions by Organization

 Top 20 Contributing OrganizationsTotal Contributions
1.Altria Group$250,845
2.American Crystal Sugar$143,750
3.Weyerhaeuser Co$122,252
4.International Paper$75,500
5.Dean Foods$70,550
6.Farm Credit Council$66,000
7.Deere & Co$63,100
8.Plum Creek Timber$59,550
9.Dairy Farmers of America$59,500
10.RJ Reynolds Tobacco$59,000
11.Chiquita Brands International$51,350
12.Archer Daniels Midland$49,000
13.California Dairies Inc$47,500
14.American Forest & Paper Assn$44,000
15.Monsanto Co$41,150
16.Southern Minn Beet Sugar Co-Op$40,500
17.American Sugar Cane League$35,500
18.Florida Crystals$34,000
19.American Veterinary Medical Assn$33,750
20.Vector Group$33,200

Contributions by Industry

 BusinessTotal Contributions
 Crop production & basic processing$490,169
 Forestry & Forest Products$441,902
 Tobacco & Tobacco products$416,445
 Sugar cane & sugar beets$393,573
 Milk & dairy producers$311,091
 Vegetables, fruits and tree nut$174,303
 Agricultural services & related industries$152,033
 Agricultural chemicals (fertilizers & pesticides)$143,850
 Paper & pulp mills and paper manufacturing$142,950
 Florists & Nursery Services$88,320
 Farm machinery & equipment$82,900
 Animal feed & health products$64,950
 Farm organizations & cooperatives$63,105
 Poultry & eggs$61,400
 Grain traders & terminals$56,900
 Other commodities (incl rice, peanuts, honey)$47,500
 Wheat, corn, soybeans and cash grain$33,450
 Horse breeders$25,650
 Feedlots & related livestock services$17,900
 Sheep and Wool Producers$7,500
 Total Agriculture Contributions$3,725,857

METHODOLOGY: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction from the the Agribusiness sector from Jan. 1, 2001-June 30, 2011. Campaign finance and industry classifications provided by the Center for Responsive Politics.