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Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds

Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds
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Among Democrats in Congress, Rep. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerMomentum is growing towards investing in America's crumbling infrastructure Five things Biden should do to tackle the climate emergency Bipartisan bill to provide 0B in coronavirus relief for restaurants reintroduced MORE (Ore.) received the most money from marijuana industry groups in the 2018 election cycle, a new study finds.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a group which opposes legalization, reviewed FEC filings to track donations from the country's top marijuana groups to incumbents who ran in November.

Topping the list is Blumenauer with $33,176. He received money from multiple contributors, including two contributions of $5,000 from the National Cannabis Industry Association PAC.

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Blumenauer leading the list is no surprise based on his pro-weed record in Congress. He introduced a bill to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances at the beginning of the new Congress this year and numbered it H.R. 420, a joking reference to April 20, a popular day for pot enthusiasts. Blumenauer is also co-chairman of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

Rep. Dina TitusAlice (Dina) Costandina TitusHouse Democrats introduce bill to address diversity at State Department Coordinated federal leadership is needed for recovery of US travel and tourism Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' MORE (D-Nev.) was second on the list, taking in $19,350, most of which came in contributions of less than $1,000.

Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeLawmakers, Martin Luther King III discuss federal responses to systematic racism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds MORE (D-Calif.), came in third with $18,604 in contributions, while Rep. Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterColorado governor, spouse test positive for COVID-19 Rep. Rick Allen tests positive for COVID-19 Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview MORE (D-Colo.) received $16,858 from marijuana industry groups and Rep. Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintockBipartisan resolution supports Iranian public amid Biden push to reenter nuclear deal An attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation Coalition of 7 conservative House Republicans says they won't challenge election results MORE (Calif.) received $12,350.

The states the lawmakers hail from — Oregon, Nevada, California and Colorado — all have laws allowing legal recreational cannabis use.

Two former House GOP lawmakers actually took in more than Blumenauer, but both are out of Congress after losing their reelection bids.

Former Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherOn The Trail: The political losers of 2020 California was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success GOP's Steel wins California House race after Democrat Rouda concedes MORE (R-Calif.) took in over $90,000 and former Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloFormer GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' House GOP lawmaker unexpectedly shakes up Senate trial The Memo: Historic vote leaves Trump more isolated than ever MORE (R-Fla.) received over $80,000, according to Smart Approaches to Marijuana’s data. Rohrabacher was a prominent pro-marijuana industry advocate while in the House.

Looking at senators who won reelection in 2018, Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSunday shows - Trump's reemergence, COVID-19 vaccines and variants dominate Brown vows Democrats will 'find a way' to raise minimum wage Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues MORE (D-Ohio) received the most from marijuana groups. He took in $5,733, while Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinProgressive support builds for expanding lower courts Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill What exactly are uber-woke educators teaching our kids? MORE (D-Calif.) received $5,400 and Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellRegulators keep close eye on Facebook's deal with Australia Video stirs emotions on Trump trial's first day Airlines warn of new furloughs without more federal aid MORE (D-Wash.) received $2,700.

Two former House members who were elected to the upper chamber, Democratic Sens. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenDemocratic senator demands Rand Paul wear a mask on Senate floor Overnight Defense: New START extended for five years | Austin orders 'stand down' to tackle extremism | Panel recommends Biden delay Afghanistan withdrawal Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee MORE (Nev.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), received $10,150 and $2,500, respectively. Former Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.), who lost his reelection bid to Rosen, took in $5,000 from marijuana groups, according to SAM.

The lawmakers' offices did not respond to a request for comment or declined to comment.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana is opposed to the relaxing of marijuana laws and represents a broad, nonpartisan coalition of groups and organizations who are pushing back against legalization. The group on Tuesday shared their data in a map that breaks down industry donations to officials.