Big Oil

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and...It's a Lobbyist, It's a Campaign Check, It's a..."Super Congress!"

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of Aug 1-Aug 5, 2011.

End Big Oil Taxpayer Subsidies to Reign in Deficit!

"Cutting Medicare for low and middle-income seniors? On the table. Closing loopholes for profitable, multinational corporations? Not under discussion." Public Campaign Action Fund's David Donnelly and Oil Change International's Steve Kretzmann had an op-ed yesterday in The Hill calling for ending Big Oil taxpayer subsidies as a means to address the national deficit.

Senators to Obama: Leave Oil Subsidies Alone!

On Thursday, a handful of Senators wrote a letter to President Obama that stated, “as you continue your negotiations, we urge you to remember the oil and gas industry is part of the solution.” Or, in other words, don’t single out big oil companies and their taxpayer subsidies as a way to reduce the deficit.

When Choosing Your Billionaire, Money Matters.

Ken Vogel writes in Politico this morning that, “An increasingly bitter personal rift between billionaires T. Boone Pickens and Charles and David Koch has morphed into an expensive political battle that is testing the commitment of House Republicans to the tea party principles many of them have publicly embraced.”

Fred Upton Holding Court with Polluters That Fund His Campaign

National Journal reports in an email this morning:

Subcommittee Members Receive $85k in Exxon Money

Just over a year ago, during a Congressional hearing on the BP oil spill, we saw an apology by a member of Congress to an oil company executive whose PAC and employees had donated to his campaign.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Special Interest Lap Dog and Pony Show

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of July 5-July 8, 2011.

Rep. Upton Sides With Polluters...Again.

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) has an oped in Investors Business Daily today attacking environmental groups for any number of things, including using hyperbole to "motivate" environmental donors.

Happy Anniversary, Joe!

One year ago today, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) sat at a Congressional hearing about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster and apologized to BP executives for the White House pressure on the company.

George Allen's Questionable Company

Former Sen. George Allen (and current Senate candidate) is holding a fundraiser today with some of his former colleagues at Cava, a Mediterranean restaurant, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.