May 11, 2010 / 2:49 PM / 7 years ago

FACTBOX-Oil industry spent big on Senate panel members

 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 ============================================================= 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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