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Sen. Ron Wyden Already Connected with Finance Committee Interest Groups


Sen. Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden, the current chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, may switch and seek the chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee, which is expected to become vacant when Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is nominated and confirmed as the new Ambassador to China.

Wyden already sits on the Senate Finance Committee and three subcommittees, including Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure; Taxation and IRS Oversight; and International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness, of which he is subcommittee chairman.

During his Senate career Wyden has raised over $20 million for his campaigns, including $5.8 million from PACs and other committees. Organized labor was his largest interest group PAC supporter in his 1996 special election and his 1998 and 2004 elections, with healthcare by far the largest industry giving during his 2010 election. Since then, his largest PAC support has come from those in the energy and natural resources industry. View his career PAC contribution chart.

In 2013, PACs in the Energy and Natural Resource industry have given $108,000 including $5,000 from each of the following: Portland General Electric Company Bi-Partisan Committee for Effective Government; Pacificorp/MidAmerican PAC: American Electric Power Committee for Responsible Government; Xcel Energy Employee PAC; PowerPAC of the Edison Electric Institute; Domestic Energy Producers Alliance PAC; among others.

In 2013, Healthcare PACs have given $95,000, including $7,500 from Amerisourcebergen Corporation PAC; $5,000 from Edwards Life Sciences PAC; $5,000 from Fresenius Medical Care North America PAC; $5,000 from Spine PAC of the National Assn. of Spine Specialists; $5,000 from Masimo Corporation PAC; and $5,000 from Kidney Care Partners PAC; among others.

In 2013, Finance and Insurance industry PACs have given $66,500, including $5,000 from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors PAC; $6,000 from the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries PAC; $7,000 from Cambia Health Solutions Inc. PAC; and $5,000 from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company Federal PAC; among others.

His leadership PAC, Holding Onto Oregon’s Priorities, has raised $95,004 in 2013, and has $53,956 cash on hand as of 6/30.

View Wyden’s 2013-2014 financial profile.

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