Washington, DC—Today, as part of a hearing at the House Energy and Commerce Hearing on the BP oil spill disaster, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the White House pressure on the company. During his time in Congress, Rep. Barton has received $27,000 in campaign contributions from BP, and $1.4 million from the oil and gas industry as a whole, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
“It’s amazing that Rep. Barton would stand up for a multinational corporation that has wrecked the livelihoods of many people along the Gulf Coast,” said David Donnelly, campaign manager for the Campaign For Fair Elections. “Comments like this make all Americans questions whether Congress represents them or the special interests funding their campaigns.”
“Rep. Barton should immediately contribute BP’s campaign contributions to the Gulf recovery effort,” said Donnelly.