Dissenters on ‘Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act’ Follow the Money

Chad Outler | September 30, 2010

Sep. 30, 2010 - The House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would give President Obama the authority to impose tariffs on Chinese goods. The vote on the ‘Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act’ was decidedly bipartisan, with a slate of Republicans joining Democrats for a total of 348 'yes' votes to 79 'no' votes.

Republicans who voted 'no' received an average of $33,456 from interest groups opposed to the bill, much more than the average of $1,864 received from the bill's supporters.

On the other side of the aisle, just 5 Democrats broke party ranks and voted ‘no’ on the bill. All 5 received far more money from interests opposed to HR 2378 compared to groups in favor of passage. On average, the quintet received $22,523 from interests in line with their ‘no’ votes, compared to an average of $2,050 from groups in favor of passage.

Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of House members in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to, June 4, 2008 – June 3, 2010. Read the details about our data sources and methodology. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics ( Legislative data from