Several members of Congress have financial interests in the mining industry, which is being scrutinized by the federal government for safety lapses after a mine explosion killed 29 miners this month. Republican candidates have received the most campaign contributions from mining interests, followed by lawmakers from mining states.
SOURCES: Federal Election Commission and congressional personal financial disclosures, both with industry codes from Center for Responsive Politics | The Washington Post - April 25, 2010
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