Washington Times: Numerous lobbyists do BP’s bidding

Written by admin on June 13th, 2010

The Washington Times reports on the connection between both parties campaign funds and BP’s interest in heading off more regulation:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/13/numerous-lobbyists-do-bps-bidding/

Weeks after the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began, the fundraising arm for Senate Democrats circulated a petition to hold BP “accountable” while accusing Republicans of making excuses for “bad environmental actors.”

The petition noted that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) paid for the message, but didn’t mention that the DSCC’s own source of cash includes tens of thousands of dollars in political contributions raised earlier this year by a BP-hired lobbyist.

Tony Podesta, whose firm has earned $700,000 in lobbying fees from BP America Inc. since 2008, has raised at least $50,000 for the DSCC so far this year, according to Senate lobbying records and federal election filings.

The relationship between Mr. Podesta and the oil giant underscores the significant political muscle BP still has on Capitol Hill with both political parties, despite the outcries from lawmakers and the White House for a full investigation of the oil company’s role in the spill and its response.

“BP is one of the strongest lobbying and political forces in Washington, D.C.,” said Dave Levinthal, spokesman for the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. “They’ve consistently spent millions of dollars every year on federal lobbying and, in the most recent years, they’ve increased the output to new heights.”

 

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