Obama might have won the election, but the battle was won by the dirty energy industry.
Sure, the industry went all-in on Republican nominee Mitt Romney, showering him with almost $5 million, compared to a paltry $705,000 to Obama in 2012. But the industry knew better than to put all of their eggs in one basket, and they received a massive return on their investment in the down ballot races, particularly those for the U.S. House of Representatives.
According to OpenSecrets.org, the top 20 House candidates who received money from the dirty energy industry were all members of the Republican Party. Together, these 20 Republican candidates received more than $3.6 million from the industry.
Here are the top recipients of dirty energy largesse (all money sources via OpenSecrets, election results via Huffington Post), along with the results of their respective elections:
John Boehner, Republican Speaker of the House: Top recipient among Congressional candidates of dirty energy money, with $361,299. Won his re-election bid by running un-opposed.
Roger Williams, Republican from Texas: $282,408 from industry, won election with 58% of the votes.
Mike Pompeo, Republican from Kansas: $237,750 from industry, won re-election with 62.5% of the votes.
Kevin McCarthy, Republican from California. $224,200 from industry, won re-election with 73.8% of the votes.
Eric Cantor, Republican from Virginia: $218,250 from industry, won with 58.6% of the vote.
Dave Camp, Republican from Michigan: $207,000 from industry, won with 63% of the votes.
Bill Flores, Republican from Texas: $183,256 from industry, won with 79.9% of the votes.