Subcommittee Members Receive $85k in Exxon Money

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Just over a year ago, during a Congressional hearing on the BP oil spill, we saw an apology by a member of Congress to an oil company executive whose PAC and employees had donated to his campaign.

On Thursday, July 14th, the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing on the recent Silvertip Pipeline oil spill in Montana, with ExxonMobil Pipeline President Gary Pruessing set to testify. Twelve members of the subcommittee have received campaign cash from the ExxonMobil PAC and company employees since 2000, according to Public Campaign Action Fund research of data from the Center for Responsive Politics and Federal Election Commission*.

You have to wonder if ExxonMobil’s campaign cash will elicit a similar response from any member of this subcommittee.

Check out our graphic of Exxon-related donations to committee members (click to enlarge).

Here are the key facts:

  • ExxonMobil’s PAC and employees have contributed a total of $85,250 to members of the Transportation subcommittee since 2000, with Republicans making up 98% of that total--$83,250 to $2,000.
  • Subcommittee chairman, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) has received a total of $17,000 from ExxonMobil since 2000. During his career in Congress, Shuster has received $89,700 from oil and gas interests. He’s tied in Exxon donations with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and only exceeded by Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) who has received $18,000.
  • Three members of the subcommittee—Reps. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), and Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.)—all received donations from the company PAC for the first time on June 22nd, little more than a week before the spill on July 1st.

We’ll have our browsers tuned to CSPAN.

Public Campaign Action Fund’s Johnny Papagiannis and Tam Doan contributed to this report.

*This data also includes ExxonMobil PAC giving for the first six months of 2011.