One year ago today, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) sat at a Congressional hearing about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster and apologized to BP executives for the White House pressure on the company.
As we said at the time, “As Rep. Barton stands up for BP, it's important to note that he's received $1.4 million in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry during his time in Congress. In fact, it's his highest-giving industry. More specifically, Rep. Barton has received $27,000 in campaign contributions from BP, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.”
While he may have lost his fight to get the chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee when Republicans took back the House, that hasn’t stopped him from helping out Big Oil—and vice versa.
In the 2010 cycle, Rep. Barton and his leadership PAC received $199,170 in campaign contributions from oil and gas interests.
In March, in an interview with ABC News, Rep. Barton said oil companies like Exxon should continue to get government subsidies, even as they see soaring profits. Barton has received $75,000 from Exxon employees and their PAC during his Congressional career.
The traditional first anniversary gift is paper. Instead of stationary, though, Rep. Barton keeps getting rewarded with Big Oil cash.