As an update to the figures published by Overdrive last month regarding trucking contributions to the 2016 election cycle, trucking industry political contributors gave $6.32 million to political campaigns this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Trucking donations heavily favored Republicans, who received 82 percent of the industry’s contributions — $4.89 million. Democrats received $1.03 million from the trucking industry.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) was the industry’s top recipient, scoring more than $169,000. President-elect Donald Trump was second, drawing $161,703. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton ranked third, receiving $114,256.
As noted in prior Overdrive coverage, Trump’s trucking-sourced donations lagged well behind Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s 2012 draw of $1 million from the industry and 2008 nominee John McCain’s $375,000.
Views on Trump's win were cautiously optimistic when came to potential easing of regulatory burden and the economy, more wary on road privatization and tolls. ...
The total $6.32 million from trucking contributors in 2016 is $1.5 million less than mid-term election donations ($7.87 million) from the industry in 2014 and $3.5 million less than the 2012 presidential election cycle’s $9.98 million. However, it’s a tad more than the $5.9 million given in the 2008 election cycle.
Below is a list of some of the industry’s top campaign contribution recipients, as well as some of the industry’s top political contributors:Recipients:
Sen. Ted Cruz: $169,674
Donald Trump: $161,703
Hillary Clinton: $114,256
Rep. Jeff Denham: $111,850
Rep. Bill Shuster: $113,750
Sen. Bernie Sanders: $75,886
Rep. Sam Graves: $71,952
Sen. John Thune: $68,750
Sen. Ron Johnson: $64,873
Sen. Marco Rubio: $63,465
Jeb Bush: $61,470
John Kasich: $60,150
Ben Carson: $56,985
Paul Ryan: $51,265
American Trucking Associations: $621,450
Prime Inc: $270,768
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association: $256,750
Werner Enterprises: $212,389
CenTra Inc: $186,935
Crete Carrier Corp: $184,570
National Tank Truck Carriers: $175,500
Oshkosh Corp: $169,125
Anderson Trucking Services: $152,150
Old Dominion: $150,132
Schneider National: $116,348
Ruan Companies: $102,850
Paccar Inc: $86,013
Swift Transportation: $81,734
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