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Letter to Supercommittee: End Taxpayer Subsidies to Big Oil to Reduce Deficit

Yesterday our friends at Oil Change International, along with 52 other groups, sent a letter to the members of the supercommittee demanding that the elimination of government handouts to the oil, coal and gas industries be a central part of the deficit reduction plan they are to present to the full Congress by November 23rd.

Schools, or tax breaks for oil companies?

According to the Associated Press, “Three commissioners appointed by Gov. Rick Perry may grant some of the nation's largest refineries a tax refund of more than $135 million — money Texas' cash-strapped schools and other local governments have been counting on to help pay teachers and provide other public services.”

Big Oil front group to supercommittee: "let us do our thing"

The American Petroleum Institute (API), the oil industry’s trade association, held a press call today urging deficit reduction “supercommittee” members to let oil companies “do our thing,” which includes maintaining their wasteful taxpayer subsidies.  

Two lobbyists for API have previously served as aides to members of the supercommittee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).

House GOP Fall Agenda To Benefit Energy Interests

The Washington Post reported this morning that House Republicans will push to roll back any number of government regulations in the fall and that “the next month or so will focus on [Environmental Protection Agency] regulations.”

Here are some related energy industry numbers from the Center for Responsive Politics on campaign fundraising so far this cycle:

Dan Benishek: Oil companies pay their fair share.

Politico reports that at a public forum back in Michigan, freshman Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) said, "(Democrats) talk about raising the taxes on the oil companies. I think oil companies pay their fair share."

In the 2010 cycle, Benishek received $36,650 from oil and gas interests, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. So far this year, he has received $9,000 in donations from the industry.

Eric Cantor's Op-Ed: Defending Campaign Donors?

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has an op-ed in the Washington Post today attacking President Barack Obama's policy agenda.

If read with the Center for Responsive Politics website opened right next to you, the op-ed could also look like a defense of some of Cantor's biggest campaign contributors.

Some excerpts (in bold):

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and How a Penny Became Not Nearly Enough For Your Thoughts

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of Aug 15-Aug 19, 2011.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the "Silly Criticism" That Isn't Silly At All

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of Aug 8-Aug 12, 2011.

Deficit Super Committee: Who Will They Look Out For?

Who will the deficit reduction “super committee” look out for, regular Americans, or their special interest campaign donors?

Scott Brown defends Big Oil