Campaign for Fair Elections Rejects Rep. Barton’s Apology

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Washington, DC—The Campaign for Fair Elections released the following statement in response to Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-Texas) “apology” for apologizing to BP this morning.

Statement from David Donnelly, campaign manager for the Campaign for Fair Elections:


“Rep. Barton regrets the impact of his statement this morning? We regret the impact that BP’s access and influence has had on our political system and regret that Rep. Barton is taking no responsibility for his words this morning. He continues to stand by big oil money instead of the Americans devastated by this disaster.


“Actions—not words—are what’s important. Instead of apologizing for throwing open what’s behind the doors of our broken political system, Rep. Barton should immediately donate the money he’s received from BP to the Gulf coast recovery effort.

“This episode demonstrates the critical need to address the problems of our political system. Rep. Barton should also co-sponsor the Fair Elections Now Act, legislation that would sever the ties between Congress and its special interest campaign contributors.”

Our original release is available here. Rep. Barton's campaign finance data is available on our blog.


Here's the text of the apology from Rep. Barton:

"I regret the impact that my statement this morning implied that BP should not pay for the consequences of their decisions and actions in this incident," - Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) said in a statement issued by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).