Monday, May 10, 2010

What Money Can Buy

Take a look at this bit from an article on the web site Good:

The Sunlight Foundation reports on the slick of BP money that's already spread far and wide through the American political system. The oil and gas giant is a major campaign contributor, giving more than $6 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years.

President Obama has received the most—$77,051 ...

But more oil money goes to Congress as a whole than to presidential candidates. Sunlight, an advocate for government transparency, lists the 10 biggest recipients of BP cash who are currently serving in Congress:

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)—$73,300
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona)—$44,899
Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio)—$41,400
Rep. John Dingell (D-Michigan)—$31,000
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana)—$28,200
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas)—$27,350
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma)—$22,300
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)—$22,000
Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)—$20,950
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)—$19,500
My only comment: 8 Republicans and 2 Democrats. I think that pretty well spells out which is the easier party to bribe.

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