Money and Senate Votes: Big Business, Labor Supported Immigration Reform

Story tools

A A AResize

Print

 

The Senate immigration bill, which passed yesterday by a vote of 68-32, was supported by a wide range of interests that includes labor unions, like the AFL-CIO, that traditionally back Democrats, and business groups, like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that generally favor Republicans. Skill-intensive industries, like computer software and chemical engineering, are supportive of the bill for its provision boosting H-1B visas for high-skilled foreign workers, while labor-intensive industries, like restaurants and home builders, support the bill because it would increase the size of the workforce they can legally hire from.

Among the findings of a MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to senators from interest groups in support of or opposition to S. 744:

* Interest groups supporting the bill have given 24 times as much money to members of the Senate than interest groups opposing.

* Senators voting "YES" received, on average, 18.3 times more money from supporting interest groups than from opposing interest groups.

* Senate Democrats have received 16 times more money from interest groups supporting the bill than from interest groups opposing.

* Senate Republicans have received 77 times more money from interest groups supporting the bill than from interest groups opposing.

Read more