Yesterday we reported on how Ohio Republican governor candidate Jim Renacci voted against disaster relief for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma after spending his career in U.S. Congress opposing nearly every single climate change and environmental protection bill proposed.
Turns out, that is the modus operandi for all five of the Ohio Republican U.S. Congressmen who voted against the disaster relief compromise.
In a deal offered by Democrats that was accepted by President Donald Trump last week, $15 billion in disaster relief for both Harvey and Irma was packaged with money to avoid government shutdown for the next three months.
It passed the U.S. House of Representatives last Friday by a vote of 316 to 90 after passing the U.S. Senate on Thursday in an 80 to 17 vote, with support from both of Ohio’s senators. All who voted against it in the House and Senate were Republicans.
In Ohio, those voting against the disaster relief included Renacci and fellow U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan, Brad Wenstrup, Mike Turner, and Warren Davidson.
In 2016, Renacci scored 0 percent with the League of Conservation Voters, a group that promotes pro-environmental legislation at all levels of government. Renacci has an overall career grade of 3 percent with the league. This means that he has voted against nearly every single piece of pro-environment, anti-climate catastrophe legislation that has come across his desk while he’s been in U.S. Congress.
According to OpenSecrets.org, since 2009, Renacci has received $251,840 in campaign donations from the oil and gas industry specifically, $167,950 from electric utilities, and $597,257 from individuals and political action committees in the energy and natural resources sector.
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH-4, doesn’t fair much better. Jordan has a 0 percent grade from the League of Conservation Voters in 2016, and a 4 percent overall career grade. Jordan has received $124,800 in donations from the oil and gas industry since 2008, another $147,850 from the electric utilities industry, and $325,050 from individuals and PACs in the energy sector, according to OpenSecrets.
U.S. Rep. Ben Wenstrup, R-OH-2, has a 0 percent grade from the League of Conservation Voters in 2016, and a 2 percent overall career grade. Wenstrup has received $49,100 in donations from the oil and gas industry since 2011, another $57,115 from the electric utilities industry, and $130,715 from individuals and PACs in the energy sector, according to OpenSecrets.
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-OH-10, has an 11 percent grade from the League of Conservation Voters in 2016, and a 9 percent overall career grade. The oil and gas industry did not make the list for top industries in Turner’s campaign donations since 2001, though he has received $193,100 from individuals and PACs in the energy sector, according to OpenSecrets.
Finally, U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-OH-8, has a 0 percent grade from the League of Conservation Voters in 2016, and a 0 percent overall career grade. Davidson, who was first elected in 2016, has received $16,161 from the oil and gas industry and $17,288 from individuals and PACs in the energy sector, according to OpenSecrets.
If you’re keeping score at home, this means that these five Ohio Republican Congressmen who voted against hurricane relief have received a combined $2,078,226 from from the oil and gas, electric utility, and energy sectors, while voting against pro-environment legislation 96.4 percent of the time on average.
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