03 May '18, 10pm

Solar and Wind Companies Spend More on Republican Candidates Than Democrats

Solar and Wind Companies Spend More on Republican Candidates Than Democrats

The renewable energy sector has upped its support for Republicans in congressional races this election cycle, as the industry continues to expand nationally and become increasingly mainstream. According to a Reuters analysis of campaign finance data, political action committees representing solar and wind companies have donated nearly $400,000 to candidates and PACs in the 2018 election cycle, with $247,000 going to Republicans, $139,300 to Democrats, and $7,500 to independents. The 2016 presidential election marked the first time the clean energy industry gave more to the GOP than to Democrats, with slightly more than half of the $695,470 in political contributions from major wind and solar PACs given to Republicans. Reuters called the spending "an unprecedented tilt to the right for an industry long associated with the environmental left." In 2014, for instance, 70 perce...

Full article: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/solar-and-wi...

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