Over the weekend, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said that “Oil companies don’t get subsidies.” That’s, of course, not true.
Big Oil gets billions in subsidies every year and then rewards supportive members of Congress through campaign cash from their PACs and executives—and Brown is a recipient of that largesse.
In fact, Brown has taken $227,860 in contributions from the oil and gas industry during his Senate career, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
More key facts:
- On June 26th, just weeks before his subsidies comment, Brown attended a fundraiser hosted by Martin Gold, a lobbyist for Covington & Burling who represents BP.
- As Public Campaign reported in May, in the few weeks after Brown voted against ending the subsidies he says don’t exist, he received at least $6,500 from oil industry PACs--$2,500 from the American Petroleum Institute PAC, $2,500 from Exxon PAC, and $1,500 from ConocoPhillips PAC.
- In 2011, Brown was caught thanking billionaire oil tycoon David Koch for his support and asked him for even more money for his 2012 campaign.
Senate fundraising reports for the second quarter of 2012 are due on Sunday.