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Monsanto’s Lobbying Expenses 2002-2012

Posted: May 16th, 2012 | Filed under: Research | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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Throwing around a few grand here & few grand there to buy off politicians is really nickels & dimes compared to the vast amount of money Monsanto has spent lobbying Congress.

Over the last 10 years Monsanto has spent over $52 million dollars making sure they get the most favorable legislation possible. Of that $52 million, nearly $11 million was paid to outside lobbying firms (listed below) to lobby on behalf of Monsanto, while the rest of the total (over $40 million) was spent on Monsanto’s staff lobbyists.

The results? More pesticides, more GMOs, and more of why we will Occupy Monsanto this fall!


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Grand total spent by Monsanto: $52,499,730
Total spent on Monsanto’s own lobbyists: $41,786,230
Total paid to lobbying firms: $10,713,500
Recipient Total
Russell Group
(formerly Lesher & Russell &
Russell & Barron, Inc)
$1920000
Washington Tax Group
(formerly Angus & Nickerson)
$1050000
Sidley, Austin et al $930000
Bockorny Group
(formerly with Bockorny Petrizzo Inc)
$900000
Nickles Group $853500
Akin, Gump et al
(formerly with Parven, Pomper & Schuyler)
$780000
Crawford, Quilty & Mauro $750000
TCH Group
(formerly with Tongour, Simpson et al)
$690000
Ogilvy Government Relations $640000
Troutman Sanders $470000
Bergner, Bockorny et al $460000
Mayer, Brown et al $270000
American Continental Group $250000
Arent Fox LLP $240000
Noble Strategies $220000
Bryan Cave LLP
(formerly with Powell, Goldstein et al)
$200000
Baker, Donelson et al $60000
Barbour, Griffith & Rogers $20000
Gallatin Public Affairs $10000

Source: Center for Responsive Politics (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Note #1: When compiling this list it was shown that many of the lobbying firms no longer exist because many of the lobbyists merged their firms together. When a firm was found to have merged with another, the dirty money Monsanto paid them was added together in the table above.
Note #2: In 2000 Monsanto merged with Pharmacia & Upjohn and was later spun off into the “New Monsanto.” However, the data for 2002 includes Pharmacia as Monsanto’s parent company and show that there was lobbying money spent on the pharmaceutical industry. For the table above, only the lobbying money spent on Agricultural Services & Products was included.

Monsanto’s PAC Contributions to Members of Congress 2002-2012

Posted: May 11th, 2012 | Filed under: Research | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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When you’ve got billions of dollars in your coffers, you can afford to pay off political candidates & members of Congress. The tables below from the Center for Responsive Politics show donations to U.S. politicians from Monsanto’s Political Action Committee known as Monsanto Citizenship Fund between 2002 and the first quarter of 2012. If your Senator or Representative is on this list, contact them and say that you don’t support Monsanto’s efforts to genetically contaminate the world’s food supply. Combine the totals below with the $50 million dollars Monsanto spent on lobbying and it’s easy to see why Monsanto deserves to be occupied this fall.


House
Total to Democrats: $237,202
Total to Republicans: $364,000
Total Recipient
$22499 Peterson, Collin C (D-MN)
$22000 Thompson, Bennie G (D-MS)
$22000 Carnahan, Russ (D-MO)
$20000 Lucas, Frank D (R-OK)
$20000 Graves, Sam (R-MO)
$19500 Clay, William L Jr (D-MO)
$18500 Boehner, John (R-OH)
$17000 Simpson, Mike (R-ID)
$16000 Hastert, Dennis (R-IL)
$16000 Blunt, Roy (R-MO)
$15500 Cantor, Eric (R-VA)
$14500 Camp, Dave (R-MI)
$12500 Goodlatte, Bob (R-VA)
$12000 Akin, Todd (R-MO)
$11000 Smith, Adrian (R-NE)
$11000 Luetkemeyer, Blaine (R-MO)
$10500 King, Steven A (R-IA)
$10500 Barrow, John (D-GA)
$10000 Fincher, Steve (R-TN)
$9750 Berry, Marion (D-AR)
$9000 Hayes, Robin (R-NC)
$8500 Hulshof, Kenny (R-MO)
$8000 Hare, Phil (D-IL)
$7500 Latham, Tom (R-IA)
$7000 Shimkus, John M (R-IL)
$7000 Boswell, Leonard L (D-IA)
$6500 Rogers, Hal (R-KY)
$6000 Loebsack, David (D-IA)
$6000 Courtney, Joe (D-CT)
$5500 Schock, Aaron (R-IL)
$5500 Cleaver, Emanuel (D-MO)
$5500 Braley, Bruce (D-IA)
$5000 Minnick, Walt (D-ID)
$5000 Hirono, Mazie K (D-HI)
$5000 Bright, Bobby (D-AL)
$4500 McCrery, Jim (R-LA)
$4500 Kingston, Jack (R-GA)
$4500 Gardner, Cory (R-CO)
$4500 Boyd, Allen (D-FL)
$4000 Stutzman, Marlin (R-IN)
$4000 Skelton, Ike (D-MO)
$4000 Michaud, Mike (D-ME)
$4000 Melancon, Charles (D-LA)
$4000 McIntyre, Mike (D-NC)
$4000 Kissell, Larry (D-NC)
$4000 Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie (D-SD)
$3500 Stenholm, Charles W (D-TX)
$3500 Ross, Mike (D-AR)
$3500 Long, Billy (R-MO)
$3500 Landry, Jeff (R-LA)
$3500 Kinzinger, Adam (R-IL)
$3500 Jenkins, Lynn (R-KS)
$3500 Huelskamp, Tim (R-KS)
$3000 Schilling, Bobby (R-IL)
$3000 Salazar, John (D-CO)
$3000 Ryan, Paul (R-WI)
$3000 Rush, Bobby L (D-IL)
$3000 Johnson, Timothy (R-IL)
$3000 Herger, Wally (R-CA)
$3000 Hanabusa, Colleen (D-HI)
$3000 Goode, Virgil H Jr (R-VA)
$3000 Chabot, Steve (R-OH)
$3000 Bruun, Scott (R-OR)
$3000 Bonilla, Henry (R-TX)
$3000 Berg, Rick (R-ND)
$2500 Rokita, Todd (R-IN)
$2500 Nunes, Devin Gerald (R-CA)
$2500 Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD)
$2500 Etheridge, Bob (D-NC)
$2500 Causey, Chad (D-AR)
$2500 Case, Ed (D-HI)
$2500 Blackburn, Marsha (R-TN)
$2000 Pombo, Richard W (R-CA)
$2000 Hartzler, Vicky (R-MO)
$2000 Halvorson, Deborah (D-IL)
$2000 Gard, John (R-WI)
$2000 Foster, Bill (D-IL)
$2000 Ellsworth, Brad (D-IN)
$2000 Dooley, Cal (D-CA)
$2000 Donnelly, Joe (D-IN)
$2000 Childers, Travis W (D-MS)
$2000 Boucher, Rick (D-VA)
$2000 Boehlert, Sherwood (R-NY)
$1500 Walden, Greg (R-OR)
$1500 Tauzin, Billy III (R-LA)
$1500 Pickering, Charles (Chip) Jr (R-MS)
$1500 Holden, Tim (D-PA)
$1500 Dingell, John D (D-MI)
$1500 Costa, Jim (D-CA)
$1250 Tanner, John (D-TN)
$1000 Tiberi, Patrick J (R-OH)
$1000 Thompson, Stan (R-IA)
$1000 Thompson, Glenn (R-PA)
$1000 Tauzin, Billy (R-LA)
$1000 Sensenbrenner, F James Jr (R-WI)
$1000 Paulsen, Erik (R-MN)
$1000 Noem, Kristi (R-SD)
$1000 Neugebauer, Randy (R-TX)
$1000 Musgrave, Marilyn (R-CO)
$1000 Murphy, Scott (D-NY)
$1000 Lamberti, Jeffrey (R-IA)
$1000 Labrador, Raul (R-ID)
$1000 Kennedy, Mark (R-MN)
$1000 Hultgren, Randy (R-IL)
$1000 Hill, Baron (D-IN)
$1000 Guthrie, Steven Brett (R-KY)
$1000 Emerson, Jo Ann (R-MO)
$1000 Diedrich, Larry William (R-SD)
$1000 Crawford, Rick (R-AR)
$1000 Conyers, John Jr (D-MI)
$1000 Conaway, Mike (R-TX)
$1000 Clyburn, James E (D-SC)
$1000 Cardoza, Dennis (D-CA)
$1000 Cannon, Chris (R-UT)
$500 Putnam, Adam H (R-FL)
$500 McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (R-WA)
$500 LaHood, Ray (R-IL)
$500 Coble, Howard (R-NC)
$500 Callahan, Sonny (R-AL)
$500 Alexander, Rodney (R-LA)
$250 Ford, Harold E Jr (D-TN)
$100 McVey, Brose (R-IN)
Senate
Total to Democrats: $106,953
Total to Republicans: $201,100
Total Recipient
$21500 Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA)
$20000 Blunt, Roy (R-MO)
$20000 Bond, Christopher “Kit” (R-MO)
$17000 Lincoln, Blanche (D-AR)
$15000 McCaskill, Claire (D-MO)
$15000 Talent, James M (R-MO)
$14000 Grassley, Chuck (R-IA)
$13000 Harkin, Tom (D-IA)
$13000 Nelson, Ben (D-NE)
$11500 Baucus, Max (D-MT)
$11000 Crapo, Mike (R-ID)
$9000 Roberts, Pat (R-KS)
$8000 Lugar, Richard G (R-IN)
$7000 Bennett, Robert F (R-UT)
$7000 Coleman, Norm (R-MN)
$7000 Hatch, Orrin G (R-UT)
$7000 Inouye, Daniel K (D-HI)
$6000 Vitter, David (R-LA)
$6000 Wicker, Roger (R-MS)
$5500 Risch, James E (R-ID)
$5000 Allard, Wayne (R-CO)
$5000 Burr, Richard (R-NC)
$5000 Durbin, Dick (D-IL)
$5000 Hoeven, John (R-ND)
$5000 McConnell, Mitch (R-KY)
$5000 Moran, Jerry (R-KS)
$5000 Portman, Rob (R-OH)
$4500 Melancon, Charles (D-LA)
$4000 Coburn, Tom (R-OK)
$3500 Akin, Todd (R-MO)
$3000 Hutchinson, Tim (R-AR)
$3000 Johanns, Michael O (R-NE)
$3000 Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI)
$2500 Thune, John (R-SD)
$2000 Cochran, Thad (R-MS)
$2000 Dole, Elizabeth (R-NC)
$2000 Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY)
$2000 Landrieu, Mary L (D-LA)
$2000 Pryor, Mark (D-AR)
$2000 Sessions, Jeff (R-AL)
$2000 Smith, Gordon H (R-OR)
$2000 Specter, Arlen (R-PA)
$2000 Sununu, John E (R-NH)
$1500 Casey, Bob (D-PA)
$1000 Bayh, Evan (D-IN)
$1000 Bunning, Jim (R-KY)
$1000 Burns, Conrad (R-MT)
$1000 Campbell, Ben Nighthorse (R-CO)
$1000 Carper, Tom (D-DE)
$1000 Conrad, Kent (D-ND)
$1000 Craig, Larry (R-ID)
$1000 Daschle, Tom (D-SD)
$1000 Dodd, Chris (D-CT)
$1000 Ellsworth, Brad (D-IN)
$1000 Enzi, Mike (R-WY)
$1000 Hagan, Kay R (D-NC)
$1000 Hagel, Chuck (R-NE)
$1000 Hirono, Mazie K (D-HI)
$1000 Isakson, Johnny (R-GA)
$1000 Jones, Bill (R-CA)
$1000 Klobuchar, Amy (D-MN)
$1000 Kyl, Jon (R-AZ)
$1000 Leahy, Patrick (D-VT)
$1000 Thomas, Craig (R-WY)
$500 Welch, Bob (R-WI)

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Source: Center for Responsive Politics (2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002)

35 individuals who worked for Monsanto and the U.S. Government

Posted: March 3rd, 2012 | Filed under: Research | Tags: , , , , |

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The 1%ers

Posted: March 2nd, 2012 | Filed under: Research |

“If you control the oil, you control the country; if you control the food, you control the population.” ~ Henry Kissinger

Monsanto is the most powerful corporation in the world. Its top executives are paid out at several million dollars a year and currently their stock is soaring. Members of Monsanto’s team have long been interspersed with members of the US government and this is why our democracy over our own food has been so hard-fought.


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Hugh Grant — Scottish-born President and CEO of Monsanto

  • According to Reuters, Mr Grant received $11,568,700 for FY 2010 basic compensation.
  • Grant maintains that GMO foods are not substantively different from conventional foods and should not be treated as nutritionally different. Mr Grant, if your products are so special that farmers must pay a premium for your patented genes, why won’t you label them?
  • Proudly points out that Monsanto’s profits in domestic and global markets are soaring, but has yet to acknowledge the human and environmental impacts of his Company’s products.

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Michael R. Taylor — Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • In the 1980s, Taylor practiced law at King & Spalding, Monsanto’s former law firm. He successfully figured out a legal way the FDA could approve Monsanto’s artificial growth hormone rBGH.
  • Worked for the FDA in the 1980s, from 1991-1994, and was appointed to his current position by the Obama administration in 2009.
  • There has recently been a campaign urging the Obama administration to cease ties with Monsanto.

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Clarence Thomas — Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

  • Worked as an attorney for Monsanto from 1976 to 1979.
  • Despite what may be seen as a conflict of interest, Justice Thomas sat on the Supreme Court on the case JEM Ag Supply, Inc. v. Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., in which Monsanto was positioned to gain patenting enforcement rights on genes. He wrote the majority opinion that, “Newly developed plant breeds are patentable under the general utility patent laws of the United States.” This helped lay the groundwork that saving patented seeds would be illegal without the payment of royalties.
  • Under the premise that Monsanto’s genes are intellectual property, the Company sued Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser in 2004, alleging his crop contained their patented genetics. Schmeiser maintained that he was no customer of Monsanto, and their genes had contaminated his crops in the form of pollen drifting from a nearby field.

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Brett D. Begemann — Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Monsanto

  • Served as Vice President of Pharmacia Corporation from 1999-2001 and Director at Eastman Chemical Co. since February of 2011.
  • Responsible for redesigning Monsanto’s business models in specific countries to optimize cash-generating capabilities of the chemistry business and the growth potential of seeds and traits.
  • According to Reuters, Mr Begemann received $5,680,080 for FY 2010 basic compensation.

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