Contributions by Funeral Professionals to Outside Political Spending Groups Up $121,000

June 6, 2012
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The funeral services industry had not contributed significantly to outside spending  groups in the last several election cycles, with a total of $3750 donated from 2004-2010, according to Center for Responsive Politics research.
The content below comes from an article posted by OpenSecrets.org, the blog run by The Center for Responsive Politics, the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.

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The influx of outside money into the 2012 election cycle –totaling nearly $138 million so far — has been spurred in large part by wealthy individuals and corporations from a variety of high-profile industries.

Not all contributing industries are made for marquees, however. Some businesses making an electoral impact are more down to earth, or — as is the case with the subject of this week’s Politiquizz — underneath it.

The funeral services industry had not contributed significantly to outside spending  groups in the last several election cycles, with a total of $3750 donated from 2004-2010, according toCenter for Responsive Politics research. One company has changed that, however, racking up $125,000 in donations to such groups for the 2012 races, including a $100,000 contribution to a super PAC supporting Rick Perry’s presidential bid — before that campaign was read its last rites.


Which funeral services company is both six feet under and six figures deep in 2012 outside spending? And which pro-Rick Perry super PAC was the recipient of the $100,000 donation? 

The answer: Service Corporation International was the funeral services company that provided the $100,000 donation to Make Us Great Again, the main pro-Perry super PAC.

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