Citizen Action calls political fracking support unfair, wants investigation

By Erika Mahoney

July 29, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 2:22 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Members of Citizen Action gathered downtown to urge an investigation into pro-fracking campaign contributions.

The group referenced a report by Common Cause, a non-profit, nonpartisan citizen lobbying organization.

Common Cause reported more than $14 million was donated to New York state candidates and campaigns by pro-fracking interests over the past six years.

The report lists Sen. Tom Libous, R-Binghamton, as the top recipient, who according to the report, received more than $350,000 from people and entities in support of hydraulic fracturing.

That's almost twice as much as the second-highest recipient.

"This is $14 million that came in and bought out state legislature," said Isaac Silberman-Gorn, of Citizen Action. "The anti-fracking movement is lucky enough to have a small amount of funding to hire a few organizers across the state. It's about 95 percent to 5 percent."

The group is calling on the recently created Moreland Commission, which investigates public corruption, to look into the influence of the money.

Libous' office declined to comment.

To read the Common Cause report Click here

Common Cause plans to release another report in the fall with more detailed lobbying data and campaign contributions from both pro and anti-fracking interests.

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