Oil giant Chevron donated $2,500,000 to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC whose sole purpose is to elect House Republicans, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
The donation appears to be the largest from a publicly-traded corporation in the post-Citizens United era. The corporate donation is double what the company’s PAC and employees have already donated to federal candidates and committees this cycle, according to analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
The group also received $50,000 from Stephen Chazen, the president and CEO of Occidental Petroleum
So far this cycle, the group—chaired by Norm Coleman, a former Senator and current lobbyist for Washington law firm Hogan Lovells—has spent millions to attack seven House Democratic Representatives or challengers.
Reps. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio), Pete Gallego (D-Texas), Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y), Leonard Boswell (D-IA), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Lois Capps (D-Ca) and challenger Shelley Adler (D-NJ) have faced a barrage of attacks from the group.
In the 112th Congress, House Republicans have repeatedly voted to maintain billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to highly profitable oil companies. Chevron clearly knows who has their back.