Unfair to criticize GOP on oil money
July 8, 2010
It seems that Meryl Rice, Rep. Marsha Blackburn's opponent, and other Democrats like to criticize Blackburn for taking money from British Petroleum and other big oil companies. It is rare for anyone in Congress not to take money from the oil industry. In checking Blackburn's donations in 2008 and 2010, you don't find BP in her top 20 donors. You will find that she received a total of $34,500 from the oil industry. Compare this to Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark, who received the largest amount from the oil industry at $329,650, and Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev., who received $40,900. President Obama received $884,000. The largest beneficiary of BP donations is Senator Mary Landrieu D-La, who received $17,000. It is noted that President Obama received $77.051 from BP during last election.
It is disingenuous to single out one member of Congress to criticize because they are Republicans when almost everyone in the Senate and House accepts oil money.
Ok, let's take a step back and think about this. Harry Reid is the Senate Majority Leader, Blanche Lincoln tends to be the deciding vote on all energy/environment legislation, Mary Landrieu is the senior senator from an oil state, and President Obama is the president.
Marsha Blackburn is a representative from a suburban Tennessee House district, ranked #243 in seniority.