The other two members of Wyoming's Congressional delegation, Sen. Mike Enzi and Rep. Cynthia Lummis also received contributions but did not make CREW's top 10 list. Enzi received $74,700 between the 2004 and 2012 election cycles. Lummis Nike Shorts Running
"Sen. Barrasso has a record of supporting responsible energy projects that strengthen our energy security, create jobs in the West and grow our economy," she said in an email. "This shouldn't come as news to anyone including partisan beltway attack groups."
Critics say the practice could contaminate ground water. The oil and gas industry insists it is safe. Companies and associations listed there include ExxonMobil, Chevron and the Western Energy Alliance, a group that represents theoil and gas industry in the West on legislative and policy issues.
"He's also going to trust the state to ensure industries are being good stewards of our land," Head said in an email. "His support is not because of campaign contributions."
The CREW report used publicly available campaign finance data, the report said.
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"They should care because fracking is a controversial policy issue, and the question is whether members of Congress are being swayed by this issue by the contributions they receive," she said. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining, which considers bills on fracking on public lands.
The Western Energy Alliance makes contributions to politicians from both parties, in states were oil and gas development is active. Barrasso is from Wyoming, which is one of those states. That's why his contributions ranked No. 7 among members of Congress, she said.
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received $178,250, said David Merchant, a CREW spokesman.
Wyomingites should be alarmed by contributions, said Melanie Sloan, CREW executive director.
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"It's not a fracking industry," she said. "It is the oil and natural gas industry. Hydraulic fracturing is a process used to develop oil and gas. To try to make is seem that our industry should be any different than any industry that supports politicians that support them is ignorant at best."
Daniel Head, a spokesman for Enzi, said the senator arrives at positions after careful study and input from stakeholders. He noted that Wyoming relies on the energy industry for jobs.
Sen. John Barrasso the seventh highest recipient among all members of Congress in contributions from companies and associations involved in hydraulic fracturing.
Head doesn't like CREW's suggestion that merely accepting a political donation compromises a politician.
Critics, which included spokesmen for two members of the Wyoming delegation and the Denver based Western Energy Alliance, called the report ignorant and said CREW is a biased organization.
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said. "They make a living attempting to discredit people that disagree with them."
Laura Mengelkamp, Barrasso's spokeswoman, noted the positive aspects of being pro energy.
The report used the words "fracking industry" several times, which shows its naivete, said Kathleen Sgamma, vice president of government and public affairs for the Western Energy Alliance, a group that includes as members companies that drill in Wyoming.
Joe Spiering, Lummis' spokesman, did not return email and telephone messages from the Star Tribune about contributions the fracking industry had given the representative.
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