Last month we learned that lobbyists for the gas industry spent $3.2 million in lobbying Albany over the last two years to influence lawmakers regarding the controversial tactic of hydraulic fracturing. Now Common Cause has released a report [pdf] detailing that gas companies have contributed $1.34 million to the state's politicians, including $153,816 to governor Andrew Cuomo. "New Yorkers need to be assured that such a controversial issue will be decided based on merit, not money," Common Cause's executive director Susan Lerner tells the Daily News.

Around 75% of the donations were given to candidates for state senate, with $448,359 given to Republican candidates, and $217,901 to Democrats. The top three companies to donate were National Grid, Con Edison, and National Fuel. Why must so much money be used to further such an environmentally benign path to total destruction energy independence? Wait, did you just feel something?

New Yorkers: today is the last day to voice your opinion about fracking to the Department of Environmental Conservation, make it count.