Chart of the Day: GM's friends on Capitol Hill


When General Motors goes to Capitol Hill, it sees a lot of friendly faces.

The automaker, under fire over a series of recalls of millions of cars linked to dozens of deaths, will appear before a House subcommittee Tuesday afternoon. CEO Mary Barra is expected to apologize for what happened and promise action.

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But even though Barra is new at the job, there are plenty of congressmen who know GM well.

In the 2012 election cycle, GM was in the top 4 percent of all campaign contributors and in the top 2 percent of lobbying spenders, according to the Center for Responsive Politics' website OpenSecrets.org. So far in this election cycle, the company's just outside of the top 2 percent of donors and top 1 percent of lobbyists.

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Of the 535 House and Senate members, fully 118 of them—more than 20 percent—have received donations from GM for this election cycle.

Of the 14 Republican members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, six (Blackburn, Long, Ellmers, Barton, Scalise and Upton) have received donations from GM this cycle, according to the OpenSecrets data.

Of the 11 voting Democrats on the subcommittee, one (Green) has received a GM donation.