Oil mega-giant British Petroleum knows that if it wants to keep polluting the Gulf of Mexico it will need support from the Republicans in Congress.
So that’s where the oil company is spending its money.
Federal Election Commission reports show BP is maxing out contributions to top GOP leaders of the House.
House Speaker John Boehner got a check for $5,000. That’s the most BP can give…for now.
BP also sent a check for five grand to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton. Upton’s office says he sent the check back.
The National Republican Congressional Committee and the Senate Republican Committee also got $5,000 checks. So did House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy.
But Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp only got a grand while Democratic Rep. Peter Visclosky — the sole Democrat on the list — got a check for $3,000.
BP’s PAC still has plenty of cash to dole out — $322,408 at the end of March.
- BP’s Back in the Electoral Game (alternet.org)
- BP Greases Palms: Spill’s One-Year Anniversary Marked With Campaign Contributions (huffingtonpost.com)