scharrison's blog Comments NCVCE study: Berger has rcvd 43.7k from fraking Other top recipients of the industry's contributions were Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R), who received $46,700, and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R), who received $43,650. Berger and Tillis played key roles in advancing pro-fracking legislation. http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/05/fracking-interests-spent-heavily-to-influence-nc-lawmakers.html - - - - -http://twitter.com/Jerimee I heard on npr yesterday that Chesapeake is about to collapse. Natural gas prices have tanked so why do we have industry lining the pockets of Republicans still? And it looks like big banks are lending money to some of their favorites now.