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The tobacco industry, once a lobbying juggernaut, has watched its political influence wane as its cancer-causing products became increasingly toxic – politically speaking.

The contributions to federal candidates and political committees from the tobacco industry, which includes makers of cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco, as well as their trade groups, have drastically decreased since 2002. [Read more Background]

Top Contributors, 2009-2010

Contributor Amount
Altria Group $1,368,335
Reynolds American $520,771
Vector Group $305,375
Lorillard Tobacco $141,300
Swisher International $140,050
Commonwealth Brands $78,650
Swedish Match North America $74,000
Philip Morris International $42,220
Dosal Tobacco $38,400
Eby-Brown Co $35,900
Universal Corp $31,850
Liggett Vector Brands $28,264
JC Newman Cigars $24,417
S&M Brands $21,250
Intl Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Assn $20,500
Cigar Assn of America $19,177
Holt’s Cigar $18,750
Piloto Cigars $18,700
New Century Tobacco $17,050
Corona Cigar $13,050

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Contribution Trends, 1990-2010

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Top Lobbying Clients, 2010

Client/Parent Total
Altria Group $10,360,000
Lorillard Inc $2,170,000
Reynolds American $1,926,881
Vector Group $490,000
Swisher International $390,000

Lobbying Totals, 1998-2010

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Party Split, 1990-2010

Top Recipients, 2009-2010

Candidate Office Amount
Burr, Richard (R-NC) Senate $146,191
Meek, Kendrick B (D-FL) House $98,742
Boehner, John (R-OH) House $49,900
Rubio, Marco (R-FL) $49,100
Camp, Dave (R-MI) House $47,350

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Average Contributions to Members of Congress, 1990-2010 

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Data for the current election cycle were released by the Federal Election Commission on Monday, April 25, 2011

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