Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) led Congress in contributions from lobbyists

Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) led Congress in contributions from lobbyists

Sen. Chris Van Hollen‘s (D-Md.) star has been on the rise in the Democratic party: After seven terms in the House, he won a Senate seat last November, and now occupies a much-coveted spot on the Appropriations committee while also chairing the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the party’s fundraising arm for its Senate candidates.

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A knack for raising money has helped propel Van Hollen’s steady ascent, which in turn has attracted more donors — many of whom are lobbyists. They like him so much that, in the 2016 election cycle, Van Hollen was the top congressional recipient of campaign contributions from federally-registered lobbyists.

In fact, the median member of the 100 congressional candidates who received the most lobbyist money in the 2016 cycle got less than one-seventh of Van Hollen’s haul.

Read more at Open Secrets: Van Hollen led Congress in contributions from lobbyists – OpenSecrets Blog

Read more at Open Secrets: Van Hollen led Congress in contributions from lobbyists – OpenSecrets Blog

Of the top 100 recipients of lobbyist money, 40 were Democrats and 60 were Republicans — but that ratio wasn’t represented among those who received the most cash. Van Hollen raked in the most money from lobbyists in the 2016 cycle, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) was next, but a wide gulf separated him from Van Hollen.

Read more at Open Secrets: Van Hollen led Congress in contributions from lobbyists – OpenSecrets Blog

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