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Sorry, we don't accept your apology

This morning, we reported that Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) apologized to BP for the White House pressure being placed on them. Under pervasive public pressure from all sides of the political debate, Rep. Barton has now apologized, saying he regrets "the impact" of his statement."


Well you know, what Rep. Barton, we don't accept your apology:

Rep. Joe Barton's BP apology (and his campaign cash)

Just moments ago at a U.S. House Committee hearing featuring energy executives, Texas Congressman Joe Barton (R-Texas) said he was "ashamed" of the White House's pressure on the company to take specific actions in response to the Gulf oil spill disaster.


BP In the House

Yesterday, BP executives appeared before two Senate committees to testify about the oil spill in the Gulf - and we provided you some background.


Press Release: Big Oil Money Fuels Blocked Interior Post Nominee

In the wake of the Senate Republicans' vote against cloture in the confirmation of Deputy Interior Secretary nominee, David J. Hayes, the Public Campaign Action Fund issued a press release detailing the campaign contributions made by Big Oil to members of the U.S. Senate.


Big Money Mitch and Big Oil

Few issues have dominated an election like oil and energy did this summer. From foreign policy, to environmental protection, to the economic concerns of the middle class, candidates all over the country devoted a great deal of time to the problem of rising demand for oil and its environmental costs. Over the summer, Sen. Mitch McConnell joined in, observing that “there’s also little doubt … that the single most important issue facing Americans at the moment is the high price of gas at the pump.”[1]

Second Shaffer Ad Goes up

Public Campaign Action Fund's Campaign Money Watch came out with a new ad highlighting Colorado Senate candidate Bob Schaffer's connections to Big Oil. Both Colorado Independent and PolitickerCO have reported on it.


Here's David Donnelly on the ad:

Pumped Full of Cash

The oil industry is reporting record profits as consumers empty their wallets at the pump, so why is Senator John McCain (R-AZ) suddenly backing policies like offshore oil drilling that do nothing to help gas prices today (or the environment tomorrow), but stand to make Big Oil a handsome profit down the road?

It Ain't Easy Taking Green

Public Campaign Action Fund's project, Campaign Money Watch, has been doing extensive research into Senator John McCain's (R) recent reversal on the offshore oil drilling ban, and what a flood of contributions from the oil industry may have had to do with it.

Tokens of Appreciation

The Washington Post is doing a series all this week on the oil situation: rising demand, rising prices, environmental concerns, the whole messy debacle. Right next to the first article in that series was this piece about some fishy timing around Sen. John McCain's (R) reversal on the offshore oil drilling ban, and an influx of campaign contributions from the oil industry.

Big, Bad Oil

Experts will tell you that it would be years before American consumers would seen any benefit from the proposed offshore oil drilling President Bush is attempting to push through Congress. So why is Senator John McCain (R) pushing the idea on the campaign trail as a solution to rising gas prices? ThinkProgress speculates on McCain's change of heart -- and the money he's taking in from the oil and gas industry.