Thursday, September 26, 2013

Better know a politician: Shelley Moore Capito

Name: Shelley Moore Capito

Current Position: Member of Congress

District: West Virginia's 2nd Congressional District (WV-2)

Political Party: Republican

Tenure: 2001-present

Previous position: Member, West Virginia House of Representatives 1997-2001

Future position: Capito has declared that she will be running for the Senate in 2014 to replace Jay Rockefeller.

Previous election: 2012, U.S. House of Representatives WV-2
Shelley Moore Capito (R): 70%
Howard Swint (D): 30%

Future election: There are not any real challengers to Capito in the Republican primary for the Senate seat.  She is the presumptive favorite to run against Democratic favorite Natalie Tennant.

Leadership: Member, House Committee on Financial Services
Member, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Fundraising (2014 cycle), per OpenSecrets:
Raised: $1,709,877
Spent: $439,770
Cash on hand: $2,873,618

Top contributors, per OpenSecrets:

1. Powell Construction: $65,000
2. Sullivan & Cromwell: $43,500
3. Jackson Kelly Pllc: $26,600
4. Alpha Natural Resources: $23,475
5. Mepco LLC: $18,200

Polling results:

Public Policy Polling, September 25, 2013:

Favorable: 45%
Unfavorable: 36%
Not sure: 19%

Shelley Moore Capito (R): 50%
Natalie Tennant (D): 36%
Not sure: 14%



  • 30% from NARAL indicating a pro-life record
  • Voted to ban partial-birth abortions
  • Voted against funding stem cell and embryonic cell research
  • Voted to ban federal health coverage that includes abortions
Animal rights/welfare:
  • Given a 25% rating by the Humane Society, indicating anti-animal rights voting record
  • Voted to strengthen penalties for animal fighting
  • Supports regulating kennels to a maximum of 50 dogs
  • Voted for the stimulus proposed by Barack Obama ($192 billion)
  • Voted against stimulus spending ($825 billion)
  • Voted for the auto bailouts
  • Proposed balanced budget amendment to the Constitution
  • Would like to audit the Federal Reserve
  • Signed Grover Norquist's Taxpayer Protection Pledge in 2012
  • Does not believe we should cut defense spending to balance the budget
  • Supports the repeal of the Estate Tax
  • Rated 17% by Citizens for Tax Justice, indicating opposition to progressive taxation
  • Voted to make the Bush tax cuts permanent
  • Introduced the Family Fairness in Taxing Act, would increase the Child Tax Credit
  • Would like to retain reduced rates for capital gains and dividends
  • Would like to provide tax credits for businesses
  • Supported the Ryan budget
  • Voted to stop federally funding National Public Radio
Civil Rights:
  • Voted against the Employee Non-Discrimination Act which would prohibit employers from discriminating against employees based on sexual identity
  • Voted against the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
  • Voted yes on Constitutional Amendment that defines marriage as one man-woman and for a Constitutional Amendment that bans same-sex marriage
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign, indicating an anti-gay rights stance
  • Voted to make the PATRIOT ACT permanent
  • Voted on Constitutional Amendment to ban flag burning
  • Supports the Equal Rights Amendment
  • Voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act
  • Voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  • Voted against strengthening enforcement of anti-gay hate crimes
  • Voted against letting shareholders vote on executive compensation
  • Rated 87% by U.S. Chamber of Commerce indicating a pro-business stance
  • Rated 14% by UFCW indicating a pro-management voting record
  • Rated -20 by NORML indicating that she is hard on drugs and not and advocate for drug reform
  • Supports federal funding of universal preschool programs
  • Supports federal funding for charter schools
  • Supports federal education standards and testing standards for students in K-12 schools
  • Rated 25% by National Educators Association, indicating anti-public education stance
  • Voted against grants for Black and Hispanic colleges
  • Opposes legislation that would allow the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases
  • Supports offshore drilling
  • Opposes Cap-and-Trade
  • Voted for tax credits on renewable electricity
  • Voted against tax credits for renewable energy
  • Supported the Bush-Cheney energy policy
  • Opposes investment in biofuels
  • Supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Foreign policy:
  • Rated -2 by the Arab American Institute indicating an anti-Arab, anti-Palestine voting record
  • Expressed support for an unbreakable bond between US and Israel
  • Voted to include Iraq in War on Terror with no exit date
  • Voted to authorize force in Iraq
  • Voted against removal of troops in Afghanistan
Free trade:
  • Voted against the Central American Free Trade Agreement
  • Supported the Free Trade Agreement with Australia, Chile, Peru, Singapore
  • Voted to assist workers who lose their jobs due to globalization
Gun control:
  • Given an A rating by the NRA
  • Supported the National Right to Carry reciprocity Act
  • Gun Owners of America gave her a 91 rating
  • Does not support an assault rifle ban
  • Voted to prohibit people from suing gun manufacturers
Health care:
  • Voted against the Affordable Care Act
  • Voted yes on the Paul Ryan Budget
  • Voted to expand the Children's Health Insurance Program 
  • Supports repealing the Affordable Care Act
  • Supports declaring English the official language
  • Supported the fence along the Mexico border
  • Opposes amnesty
  • Supported the mandatory E-Verify bill proposed in the 112th Congress
  • Does not support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
  • Sponsored Mine Safety Accountability Act establishing an independent board, requires mine inspections to take place with miners present, and requirements to deal with mines who have had safety problems in the past
  • Voted to raise the minimum wage to $7.25
  • Voted against restricting employer interference in union organizing
  • Voted supports banning online poker
  • Voted to extend unemployment benefits during the recession
  • Supports maintaining work for welfare requirements

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