Politico reports that at a public forum back in Michigan, freshman Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) said, "(Democrats) talk about raising the taxes on the oil companies. I think oil companies pay their fair share."
In the 2010 cycle, Benishek received $36,650 from oil and gas interests, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. So far this year, he has received $9,000 in donations from the industry.
Benishek was one of the House members included in our report with the League of Conservation Voters on oil PAC giving in the first half of the year. According to the report, "a whopping 94% of House oil PAC money recipients in the first 6 months of 2011 voted to keep these wasteful subsidies."
The oil and gas industry has already donated $6.5 million to candidates this cycle and spent $75 million on lobbying Congress—a definite "share" of funds to Washington politicians and influencers.
We reported back in April that Benishek, a member of the Natural Resources Committee, had been receiving big bucks from the PACs that have business before his committee—including oil and gas companies and electric utilities.