Issa: Don't blame the oil companies!

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will hold a hearing today doing all he can to not blame Big Oil for its role in rising gas prices.

It makes sense—Darrell Issa is the largest recipient of oil and gas industry cash on the committee. During his time in Congress, Issa’s campaign committee has raked in $140,350 in campaign contributions from the employees and political action committees (PACs) of the oil and gas industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In fact, the money his campaign committee received from the industry doubled from 2008 ($23,500) to 2010 ($46,000).

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.), the second biggest recipient of oil and gas money on the committee, raised nearly $120,000 from the industry in his first election in 2010. No stranger to close ties with donors, Rep. Lankford held a field hearing last February in which three of the four witnesses had donated to his campaign.

Overall, committee members have received nearly $1.2 million in oil and gas money during their time in Congress with 80 percent going to Republicans and 20 percent to Democrats—or $948,771 to $243,599.

 The full list of donors, and their oil and gas money is listed in the table below.

Issa, Darrell

R

California

$140,350

Lankford, James

R

Oklahoma

$119,960

Mica, John

R

Florida

$112,523

Walberg, Tim

R

Michigan

$85,270

Cooper, Jim

D

Tennessee

$73,575

Towns, Edolphus

D

New York

$64,320

Burton, Dan

R

Indiana

$61,851

Mack, Connie

R

Florida

$51,470

Farenthold, Blake

R

Texas

$50,850

Jordan, James

R

Ohio

$43,500

Meehan, Pat

R

Pennsylvania

$41,450

Maloney, Carolyn

D

New York

$36,099

Turner, Michael

R

Ohio

$33,850

McHenry, Patrick

R

North Carolina

$33,250

Chaffetz, Jason

R

Utah

$32,500

Platts, Todd

R

Pennsylvania

$29,397

Cummings, Elijah

D

Maryland

$24,050

Welch, Peter

D

Vermont

$20,250

Ross, Dennis

R

Florida

$20,000

Kelly, Mike

R

Pennsylvania

$18,250

Gowdy, Trey

R

South Carolina

$16,250

Norton, Eleanor

D

District of Columbia

$16,125

Guinta, Frank

R

New Hampshire

$15,000

Gosar, Paul

R

Arizona

$13,000

Davis, Danny

D

Illinois

$13,000

Murphy, Christopher

D

Connecticut

$12,350

Kucinich, Dennis

D

Ohio

$11,800

Connolly, Gerry

D

Virginia

$11,400

DesJarlais, Scott

R

Tennessee

$10,300

Buerkle, Ann Marie

R

New York

$9,250

Lynch, Stephen

D

Massachusetts

$6,000

Yarmuth, John

D

Kentucky

$5,300

Walsh, Joe

R

Illinois

$5,000

Tierney, John

D

Massachusetts

$4,800

Clay, William

D

Missouri

$4,600

Labrador, Raul

R

Idaho

$4,000

Quigley, Michael

D

Illinois

$2,500

Amash, Justin

R

Michigan

$1,500

Braley, Bruce

D

Iowa

$1,500

Speier, Jackie

D

California

$250