Take a look at #COpolitics congressional telecom cash

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The Verge has a great look at the $101 million in telecom contributions to U.S. senators and representatives in anticipation of today’s net neutrality decision by the Federal Communication Commission.

As The Verge notes, this decision is likely to wind up before Congress again. Colorado congressional members received about $2.7 million from telecom interests including Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. The data covers money received from 1989 through this year.

Rolling back the Obama era FCC decision protecting net neutrality would allow those companies and others to charge Internet users more for some content – that of their competitors, for example.

Here’s a look at telecom donations to Coloradans in Congress, based on The Verge’s numbers:

Nationally, Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet ranks 16th and GOP Sen. Cory Gardner 20th  in the Senate.

Bennet sent a letter to the FCC this morning asking the agency to “protect a free and open Internet.”

Gardner in the past has supported ending net neutrality, however.

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, ranks 21st among the 435 House members. But she’s also opposed to the expected FCC rollback.

Also signing that letter: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, and Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Arvada.

Meanwhile, Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, is one of few Republicans who isn’t going along entirely with the FCC. In a letter earlier this week, he asked FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to postpone Thursday’s decision.

GOP Reps. Ken Buck, of Windsor, and Doug Lamborn, of Colorado Springs have opposed net neutrality in the past. It’s unclear where Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, stands on the issue.

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