Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of a Senate committee holding a hearing today on oil and gas subsidies, was scheduled to attend a fundraiser this morning that was hosted by a lobbyist who represents oil giant BP.
One of the seven hosts for the event is Aleix Jarvis, a lobbyist for DC powerhouse Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock. Jarvis represents BP for the firm, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. So far this year, BP has paid the firm $60,000.
The breakfast fundraiser this morning was set to happen just an hour before the Senate Finance Committee heard testimony from oil company executives, including BP America CEO Lamar McKay.
During his time in Congress, Sen. Crapo has received $157, 239 in campaign contributions from oil and gas interests. Members of the Senate Finance Committee, overall, have received $5.1 million from the industry since 1999, according to research released today by Public Campaign Action Fund and Oil Change International.