Joe Barton funneling oil money to Republican candidates
by desmoinesdem, Thu Jun 24, 2010 at 10:30:11 PM EDT
Howie Klein wrote a must-read post at Down With Tyranny! about "a shady outfit called the Texas Freedom Fund":
If you've been following the news lately, you couldn't possibly have missed the dustup over Congress' most oily member, Joe Barton (R-TX). Turns out he's the sole owner of the Texas Freedom Fund and he uses it to funnel vast sums of cash from Big Oil executives and lobbyists into competitive campaigns around the country, particularly into campaigns where filthy oil money might prove embarrassing to the recipients. Now, keep in mind that Barton has taken more money from Big Oil than any other member of the House-- by far: $1,447,880, so far. And after his performance last week, apologizing to B.P. for being made to clean up their mess in the Gulf, there's every reason to believe that his own personal gusher will keep flowing strongly. As the Ranking Member of the House Energy Committee he is in a position to make sure the Oil Industry's agenda becomes official policy.
Click here to view a list of Republican members of Congress and Congressional candidates who have taken money from the Texas Freedom Fund this cycle, according to Federal Election Commission data. State bloggers should take a look and spread the word if Republicans in their area are taking oil money via Barton. British Petroleum's approval rating could hardly be lower, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.