The Clarion-Ledger, 10/29/8

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the financial services industry has given more than $2.1 billion in campaign contributions to members of Congress since 1989. About 55 percent of the money went to Republicans and 45 percent to Democrats.

Since he first ran for Congress in 1994, Sen. Roger Wicker has received more than $898,000 in campaign contributions from financial, insurance and real estate political action committees and individuals who work for those industries and their spouses, the center’s analysis shows.

But Wicker spokesman Jordan Stoick said there was no link between the donations and how the senator has cast his votes.

“As is the case with anyone running for office, Sen. Wicker has received campaign contributions from a wide range of individuals,” Stoick said. “These contributions have never influenced his decision making, and in this case, I don’t think there is any better proof than his recent vote against and subsequent criticism of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout.”