Senate Finance Committee Awash in Campaign Cash from Big Oil

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Press Release from Oil Change International and Public Campaign Action Fund

Washington, D.C.--As representatives of the biggest oil companies are called to testify in front of the Senate Finance Committee today about oil and gas tax subsidies and rising energy prices, environmental and campaign finance reform groups pointed to the millions of dollars Senators have received from oil and gas company donors and PACs since 1999.

Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee have taken, on average, $96,500 since 1999 in oil industry money.  Republicans over the same period have taken $384,600 on average – roughly four times more. In total, committee members have received $5.1 million in oil industry contributions since 1999.

“As everyday Americans are watching the price of a gallon of gas top four dollars, too many in Congress are looking to Big Oil for political money,” said David Donnelly, national campaigns director for Public Campaign Action Fund. “Congress needs to end its addiction to big money from Big Oil and other special interests.”

“The vast majority of Americans support ending subsidies to the oil and gas

industries,” said Steve Kretzmann, Executive Director of Oil Change International. “The reason it has not happened to date is that too many Members of Congress are too scared to bite the hands that feed them.”

The figures are based on Center for Responsive Politics data, presented at DirtyEnergyMoney.com That site is sponsored by a large and growing coalition calling for an end to subsidies to and campaign contributions from, the oil industry. The Dirty Energy Money coalition includes organizations such as the Sierra Club, Moveon.org, Credo Mobile, Public Campaign and Oil Change International.

Oil Industry Campaign Contributions to Senate Finance Committee since 1999

Further information available at DirtyEnergyMoney.com

Senator

State/Party

Total $

Info Page

John Cornyn

R-TX

$1,706,350

http://bit.ly/jheBHu

John Thune

R-SD

$437,312

http://bit.ly/mpZpj3

Tom Coburn

R-OK

$376,509

http://bit.ly/mkmwoy

Jeff Bingaman

D-NM

$310,735

http://bit.ly/jD98uj

Pat Roberts

R-KS

$298,200

http://bit.ly/jYXBIY

Max Baucus, Chairman

D-MT

$227,600

http://bit.ly/ki0A92

Chuck Grassley

R-IA

$219,300

http://bit.ly/m3OVJk

Jon Kyl 

R-AZ

$215,949

http://bit.ly/j6nNdI

Michael B. Enzi

R-WY

$207,800

http://bit.ly/jfjQ6Y

Charles E. Schumer

D-NY

$175,718

http://bit.ly/ijukPO

Orrin G. Hatch, Ranking Member

R-UT

$164,150

http://bit.ly/kFrcDK

Mike Crapo

R-ID

$157,239

http://bit.ly/lxv7KD

Kent Conrad

D-ND

$114,200

http://bit.ly/jaEg4K

John D. Rockefeller IV

D-WV

$92,300

http://bit.ly/iFPdfI

Bill Nelson

D-FL

$67,467

http://bit.ly/iIMKta

Olympia J. Snowe

R-ME

$63,750

http://bit.ly/kbFDhZ

Thomas R. Carper

D-DE

$58,380

http://bit.ly/jxbrAx

Ron Wyden

D-OR

$51,264

http://bit.ly/knF95y

John F. Kerry 

D-MA

$36,180

http://bit.ly/mvvDm8

Robert Menendez

D-NJ

$31,400

http://bit.ly/mJt9Ng

Debbie Stabenow

D-MI

$31,050

http://bit.ly/jnL3TQ

Maria Cantwell

D-WA

$30,900

http://bit.ly/j2SCoF

Benjamin L. Cardin

D-MD

$28,400

http://bit.ly/jdZBnd