Fracking Groups Donate to Incumbents During Last Year's Election Season

By Conor Mooney

Fracking Groups Donate to Incumbents During Last Year's Election Season

December 20, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Pro-fracking interest groups donate nearly $400,000 to candidates in ten races in the southern tier this past election season.

Some contributions totaled over 20 percent of the candidate's money raised, according to "The Common Cause of New York".

Most donations went to the incumbents, who swept the local elections.

Republicans Broome County Executive Debbie Preston and State Senator Tom Libous support fracking and won their races.

Contributions totaled at least 14.7 percent of their total money raised.

Fracking contributed $190,700 of Libous' $1,301430 money raised, and $82,428 of Preston's $373,858.

However, contributions to incumbent State Assembly Woman Donna Lupardo's campaign totaled 14.7 percent, despite neither supporting nor opposing fracking.

Her opponent, Julie Lewis, received almost no money from the groups, despite her pro-fracking stance.

Lupardo's campaign got $16,631 while Lewis received just $500.

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