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Fighting for Big Oil--AFPs New Summer Campaign

Politico reports this morning that Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFP), an organization founded and funded by the owners of energy giant Koch Industries, will begin a new campaign to blame President Obama for rising gas prices.

Haley Barbour's Oil Industry Ties

At a Congressional hearing today, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour attacked Senate Democrats for trying to end wasteful subsidies to oil companies by saying, “Do I think there are some people that don’t like the oil industry and think it’s a good whipping boy politically? I suspect that.”

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and How Rep. Darrell Issa Learned to NOT Blame Big Oil

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of May 23-27, 2011.

Issa: Don't blame the oil companies!

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.

Check Out Our Work This Week!

Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund were hard at work this week putting out a variety of memos, statements, and reports. Here's a round up of our recent work:

Big Oil Cash Pays Off

Earlier this month, the U.S. House passed legislation to greatly expand offshore oil drilling in the United States. In April, many of the members that voted for this legislation also pocketed cash from big oil PACs, according to Public Campaign Action Fund analysis of FEC filings.

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Sen. Barrasso, when do you have time for constituents?

On Thursday, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) will hold two fundraisers in Washington, D.C.---one with oil and gas interests and one with health interests.

Sen. Lugar Held Energy Industry Fundraiser Hours Before Oil Subsidies Vote

On Tuesday morning, Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) was scheduled to host an "energy industry breakfast" fundraiser at Charlie Palmer Steakhouse on Capitol Hill, less than 12 hours before he voted against legislation that would end taxpayer subsidies for oil companies. With a name like that, you can assume what type of lobbyists he grabbed some steak and eggs with this morning.

Quayle Gets Questions on Insurance, Oil Handouts

ThinkProgress and a local Fox affiliate report that freshman Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) took some heat last night at a town hall event in his district for both his votes to end Medicare as we know it and to extend taxpayer subsidies for oil companies.

Crapo Attended Fundraiser with BP Lobbyist Before Hearing on Oil Subsidies

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.