Saturday, July 28, 2012

Congressman Phil Gingrey's Record

        Congressman Phil Gingrey was first elected to Congress in 2002. Since then, he has represented some portion of northwest Georgia in Congress for the last ten years.
Looking back at those ten years, Congressman Gingrey has had an interesting voting record. For example, he voted for the NDAA bill that would allow for indefinite detention of American citizens. He voted for CISPA, the bill that would allow for the government to see and know anything and everything that you do online by creating a private-public partnership between technology and manufacturing companies and the government. He also voted to extend the PATRIOT Act.
When it comes to the budget, Congressman Gingrey voted against the disapproval of the President's authority to raise the debt limit, he voted against the Budget Control Act of 2011, which called for a balanced budget and he also voted to increase the debt ceiling.
There were even votes he neglected to make. He neglected to vote on NATO operation in Libya, he neglected to vote on the use of U.S. Armed Forces in Libya, he neglected to vote on the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and he neglected to vote on the DREAM Act.
As far as foreign policy, he first voted against a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan, then he voted against removing the troops from Afghanistan all together. He also voted against removing armed forces from Pakistan.
He also voted against campaign finance disclosure requirements, which makes sense when you look at the finances of his campaign.
        You can view Congressman Gingrey's voting record here.
In 2012 he has received $555,500 in PAC money. He has received this in a total of 378 contributions. In 2011-2012 he has received money from the following sectors: Agribusiness ($9,000), Communications/Electronics ($56,750), Construction ($9,500), Defense ($19,000), Energy & Natural Resources ($38,500), Finance, Insurance & Real Estate ($60,000), Health ($265,500), Lawyers & Lobbyists ($16,000), Transportation ($11,000), Misc. Business ($62,750) and Ideological/Single-Issue ($7,500).
His top five PAC Contributions include: AFLAC Inc ($15,000), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons ($20,000), Lockheed Martin ($15,000), OB-GYN PAC ($16,000), and the American College of Radiology ($13,000).
You can view Congressman Gingrey's top 100 PAC Contributions here.
Lastly, in November of 2011, Congressman Gingrey was reported to have received stock benefits in violation of congressional ethics rules, from his role as an investor and board member of two Georgia banks. One of these banks, Bank of Ellijay, failed in September 2010 and was taken over by regulators at a cost of $60 million to taxpayers. Congressman Gingrey's office has denied any conflicts of interest.
You can view more on the incident here and here.


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