Fact Check: Boehner Not the Top Recipient of Lobbyist Donations

A Sunday New York Times article portrayed House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, as "especially" indebted to lobbyists, a condition touted by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in a tweet.

But the article does not mention the fact that 45 current or recently departed Democratic House members have raised more from lobbyists this election cycle than Boehner has, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has raised nearly twice as much.

One Republican media adviser who has had kind things to say about President Barack Obama said he finds the White House strategy of escalation inadvisable in this case as a means to sway voters.

"I think they hear the president talk about John Boehner and their reaction is, 'What in the hell is he talking about? Why isn't he talking about the economy? Why isn't he talking about policies that matter to me? He's talking about some guy in the Republican minority leadership that I've never heard of and I don't care about,'" said GOP strategist Mark McKinnon.

The following fact check on donations from lobbyists is based on information culled from the Center for Responsive Politics.

STATEMENT: "Nancy Pelosi has raised almost twice as much money from lobbyists this election as Boehner has."

CORRECT: Boehner has raised $39,500 from lobbyists for this campaign cycle compared to $71,350 raised by Pelosi. That is 1.8 times as much raised by Pelosi as Boehner.

STATEMENT: "Sens. Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid have pocketed more lobbyist cash in the past 18 months than Boehner has raised in the past six elections combined."

CORRECT: In the current election cycle, three politicians have raised more than $299,490 from lobbyists, the amount that Boehner has received since 1999. They are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who raised $501,686, Sens. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., with $363,651
and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., with $337,013.

STATEMENT: "This election cycle, Boehner is not in the top 20 recipients of lobbyist cash."

CORRECT: The top 20 recipients of lobbyist cash this election cycle are:

Candidate Amount
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. $501,686
Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark. $363,651
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. $337,013
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. $266,023
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. $258,771
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. $204,374
Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa. $194,721
Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. $194,700
Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii $167,807
Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. $166,427
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. $161,728
Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla. $154,500
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. $150,176
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. $142,378
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa $139,813
Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. $133,679
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska $126,700
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. $118,600
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. $117,899
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. $107,133

STATEMENT: "At least 18 House Democrats have raised more lobbyist cash this election than Boehner has."

CORRECT: As of Aug. 22, 2010, for this election cycle, 45 current or former Democratic House members have raised more in lobbyist contributions than Boehner, including late Rep. John Murtha.

Name Amount
Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. $194,700
Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla. $154,500
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. $142,378
Rep. Charles Melancon, D-La. $101,752
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. $100,882
Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass. $89,500
Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del. $83,963
Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. $83,895
Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. $80,618
Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. $80,494
Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y. $76,806
Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Fla. $74,991
Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va. $73,400
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. $71,350
Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H. $68,470
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. $68,352
Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn. $67,935
Rep. David Obey, D-Wis. $67,535
Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass. $64,904
Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J. $63,520
Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash. $62,105
Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa. $61,750
Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass. $60,861
Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. $60,560
Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va. $60,150
Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich. $59,211
Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo. $57,830
Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan. $57,148
Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass. $55,950
Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D. $55,650
Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa. $55,593
Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif. $55,292
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore. $54,150
Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa. $53,893
Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. $52,050
Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz. $50,934
Rep. Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind. $50,525
Rep. Frank Kratovil, D-Md. $50,143
Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash. $48,922
Rep. Patrick Tiberi, R-Ohio $48,625
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas $48,450
Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Texas $46,452
Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J. $46,120
Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas $46,050
Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif. $45,550
Rep. Scott Murphy, D-N.Y. $44,209
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. $43,708
Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash. $43,646
Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. $43,500
Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan. $42,733
Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash. $42,594
Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif. $42,550
Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif $42,500
Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. $42,485
Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. $42,050
Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, D-Fla. $41,749
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. $40,990
Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla. $40,592
Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif. $39,911
Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. $39,706
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio $39,500