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Mitch McConnell Stands Up for Big Oil Donors, Holding Middle Class Tax Cuts Hostage

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced today that he will hold the extension of middle class tax cuts hostage unless an unrelated provision about the Keystone XL oil pipeline project is included—a major handout to his Big Oil donors that could leave millions of Americans facing a tax increase in the new year.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and How the GOP House Will Stop at Nothing to Further Empower Special Interests

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from November 21 through December 2, 2011.

NEW REPORT: Payback Time? The Supercommittee & Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Public Campaign, along with Oil Change international, released a new report yesterday: "Payback Time? The Supercommittee & Fossil Fuel Subsidies." The report shows that the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or “supercommittee,” have received at least $4.2 million in campaign contributions from dirty energy interests lobbying to keep their wasteful taxpayer subsidies.

Another Mitt Romney Lobbyist Fundraiser

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The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and Occupying Wall Street...and democracy

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from October 3 through October 7, 2011.

Letter to Supercommittee: End Taxpayer Subsidies to Big Oil to Reduce Deficit

Yesterday our friends at Oil Change International, along with 52 other groups, sent a letter to the members of the supercommittee demanding that the elimination of government handouts to the oil, coal and gas industries be a central part of the deficit reduction plan they are to present to the full Congress by November 23rd.

Schools, or tax breaks for oil companies?

According to the Associated Press, “Three commissioners appointed by Gov. Rick Perry may grant some of the nation's largest refineries a tax refund of more than $135 million — money Texas' cash-strapped schools and other local governments have been counting on to help pay teachers and provide other public services.”

Big Oil front group to supercommittee: "let us do our thing"

The American Petroleum Institute (API), the oil industry’s trade association, held a press call today urging deficit reduction “supercommittee” members to let oil companies “do our thing,” which includes maintaining their wasteful taxpayer subsidies.  

Two lobbyists for API have previously served as aides to members of the supercommittee, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).

House GOP Fall Agenda To Benefit Energy Interests

The Washington Post reported this morning that House Republicans will push to roll back any number of government regulations in the fall and that “the next month or so will focus on [Environmental Protection Agency] regulations.”

Here are some related energy industry numbers from the Center for Responsive Politics on campaign fundraising so far this cycle:

Dan Benishek: Oil companies pay their fair share.

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.