FACTBOX-Oil industry spent big on Senate panel members

Tue May 11, 2010 3:45pm BST

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 WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - Executives from BP Plc
(BP.L) and two other companies were appearing before two Senate
committees on Tuesday for grillings about the gushing BP oil
well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
 Thirty-two of the 40 Democrats and Republicans who sit on
the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Environment
and Public Works Committee have collected millions of dollars
from BP or other oil and gas interests during election
campaigns dating to 1990, public records show.
 BP interests alone -- including the oil giant's political
action committee and associated individuals -- contributed
nearly $320,000 to lawmakers who are now scrutinizing the
company's actions. That works out to $10,000 per senator.
 Lawmakers who count oil and gas interests as major donors
collected $5.9 million from the industry as a whole in just the
past five years, according to reports filed with the Federal
Election Commission. The sum includes $2.4 million in industry
donations to Republican John McCain's 2008 presidential bid.
 About 80 percent of the industry total went to 14
Republicans. The remaining one-fifth was collected by seven
Democrats.
 That means oil and gas interests spent $170,000 on each
Democrat who accepted major contributions in the past five
years, and more than $336,000 per Republican.
 The following tables show contributions to committee
members. Each senator serves a six-year term. The contributions
are measured in two time periods: 2005-2010 and 1990-2010.
 All the figures were compiled from public records by the
nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks
money's influence in the U.S. political process.
 A 'XX' notation means the lawmaker has not received major
contributions from the oil and gas industry in recent years.
ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE -----------------------
SENATORS..........INDUSTRY MONEY.....BP MONEY.........BP MONEY
                (2005-2010)      (2005-2010)     (1990-2010)
DEMOCRATS:
Jeff Bingaman.......$ 96,270.........$ 5,000.........$ 14,000
Byron Dorgan........ 106,450.........  2,000.........   7,000
Ron Wyden...........      XX.........      0.........     500
Tim Johnson.........      XX.........  2,000.........   6,000
Mary Landrieu....... 364,950......... 16,450.........  28,200
Maria Cantwell......      XX.........      0.........       0
Robert Menendez.....      XX.........  2,000.........   2,000
Blanche Lincoln..... 291,000.........  7,000.........  19,000
Evan Bayh...........  77,200.........      0.........   9,000
Debbie Stabenow.....      XX.........      0.........     250
Mark Udall..........      XX.........  2,000.........   5,000
Jeanne Shaheen......      XX.........      0                0
DEM SUB-TOTALS......$935,870.........$36,450.........$ 90,950
INDEPENDENTS:
Bernard Sanders.....$     XX.........$ 1,500.........$  1,500
REPUBLICANS:
Lisa Murkowski......$ 218,826........$ 8,500.........$ 19,300
Richard Burr........  107,950........  2,000.........   7,500
John Barrasso.......  167,500........  1,300.........   1,300
Sam Brownback.......    4,600........      0.........  12,000
James Risch.........   76,050........      0.........       0
John McCain**.......2,402,937........ 36,649.........  45,899
Robert Bennett......  145,150........      0.........   9,000
Jim Bunning.........       XX........      0.........   8,150
Jeff Sessions.......  103,700........  2,000.........   7,000
Bob Corker..........  265,700........      0.........       0
GOP SUB-TOTALS.....$3,492,413........ 50,449.........$110,149
COMMITTEE TOTALS...$4,428,283........$88,399.........$202,599
ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE----------------------
SENATORS.........INDUSTRY MONEY......BP MONEY      BP MONEY
               (2005-2010)       (2005-2010)   (1990-2010)
DEMOCRATS:
Barbara Boxer.......$      XX........$     0.........$      0
Max Baucus..........       XX........      0.........   3,000
Thomas Carper.......       XX........  1,000.........   1,500
Frank Lautenberg....       XX........      0.........       0
Benjamin Cardin.....       XX........      0.........   1,000
Amy Klobuchar.......       XX........      0.........       0
Sheldon Whitehouse..       XX........    300.........     300
Tom Udall...........   83,400........  1,000.........   1,000
Jeff Merkley........       XX........      0.........       0
Kirsten Gillibrand..       XX........    500.........     500
Arlen Specter.......  177,850........    500.........   9,500
DEM SUB-TOTALS......$ 261,250........$ 3,300.........$ 16,800
INDEPENDENTS:
Bernard Sanders.....$      XX........$ 1,500.........$  1,500
REPUBLICANS:
James Inhofe........$ 433,950........$ 2,300.........$ 22,300
George Voinovich....   52,530........    500.........  41,400
David Vitter........  372,200........      0.........   4,000
John Barrasso.......  167,500........  1,300.........   1,300
Mike Crapo..........   44,500........      0.........   6,500
Christopher Bond....       XX........      0.........  19,700
Lamar Alexander.....  152,550........  1,000.........   2,000
REPUBLICAN TOTALS...1,223,230........$ 5,100.........$ 97,200
COMMITTEE TOTALS...$1,484,480........$ 9,900.........$115,500
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GRAND TOTALS.......$5,912,763........$98,299.........$318,099
(BOTH COMMITTEES)
** Excluding contributions to McCain's 2008 presidential
campaign, the Arizona senator was not a major beneficiary of
oil and gas industry largess.
 (Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Bill Trott)


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