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Democrats benefiting most from lobbyist cash in 2013

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Seven out of the top 10 recipients of registered lobbyist campaign contributions are Democrats, according to analysis from OpenSecrets.org.

Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., are the top three recipients, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., rounding out the top five. OpenSecrets notes that the reason Markey, who was sworn in on Tuesday, was the highest recipient is because of his special election this year. No one else has that excuse.

Even though the top 10 heavily skews Democrat, the top 50 is pretty even, with 26 Democrats and 24 Republicans. The Democrats have so far taken $1.1 million from lobbyists, while Republicans have brought in $705,388, according to OpenSecrets.

Baucus, who has been called "K Street's Favorite Democrat," undoubtedly is in the best position for such contributions due to his position as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and his proposal to rewrite the tax code.

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is the only member of the House to make the list, coming in at number seven.

For those who dislike lobbyist cash going to politicians, Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., John McCain, R-Ariz., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and 110 others have so far received no cash from lobbyists this election cycle.

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