This week, BP executives are facing Senate and House committees investigating the tragic oil spill along the Gulf. Congress is also working on ways to respond to the crisis. All of this, though, is on the backdrop of tens of millions of dollars the oil and gas industry has given to Congress over the last 20 years.
We've put some graphics together highlighting the campaign cash from oil and gas interests that members of the two Senate committees holding hearings today have received.
Members of the Energy committee have received more than $7.9 million from oil and gas interests during their time in Congress. Environment and Public Works committee members have received $4.7 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.