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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 5:02 pm 
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I know Ive sent this before but I figure it worth stating again. This time its updated to 06 elections.


http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/s ... cycle=2006

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Thanks for posting that Justin. Here is the page which shows the top 20 recipients of bribery by oil companies.

Hutchison, Kay Bailey (R-TX)
$237,461

Santorum, Rick (R-PA)
$180,090

Burns, Conrad (R-MT)
$168,275

Cornyn, John (R-TX)
$136,000

Allen, George (R-VA)
$128,900

Barton, Joe (R-TX)
$123,950

DeLay, Tom (R-TX)
$121,090

Hastert, Dennis (R-IL)
$116,000

Bode, Denise (R-OK)
$115,950

Pombo, Richard (R-CA)
$112,340

Talent, James M (R-MO)
$108,970

Kyl, Jon (R-AZ)
$80,700

Lott, Trent (R-MS)
$79,000

Sullivan, John (R-OK)
$73,900

Pearce, Steve (R-NM)
$73,628

Thomas, Craig (R-WY)
$71,000

Sessions, Pete (R-TX)
$69,200

McCrery, Jim (R-LA)
$67,000

Wilson, Heather (R-NM)
$65,350

Cole, Tom (R-OK)
$62,796

That explains many things, including why the Republicans refused to make the oil executives testify under oath to Congress.

Link: US senators demand oil executives re-testify, under oath

Senate Democrats demanded that oil company executives who testified last week about skyrocketing energy prices reappear before lawmakers and testify under oath, after news reports raised questions about the truthfulness of their testimony.

Leading oil company executives long have denied taking part in a secretive energy task force run in 2001 by Vice President Dick Cheney, but White House records obtained by The Washington Post refuted that, according to the daily's editions on Wednesday.

The ad hoc group was tasked with helping develop a national energy policy, but was opposed by environmentalists because there allegedly were no ecologically friendly players on the panel.

The leader of Senate Democrats said the oil company executives who testified last week should be forced to return to Congress to set the record straight regarding their involvement with Cheney's group.

'When the big oil companies came to Congress to testify about their record profits, we expected that they would tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Today, we learned that this was a standard they were not prepared to meet,' said Senator Harry Reid.

Democrats also objected to a decision by the leaders of the Republican-led Senate to waive swearing in the witnesses. At any future hearing, Reid said, the executives should testify under oath.

Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg called at a press conference for an investigation.

'I want to be certain that this gets an appropriate review, so I've written to the attorney general asking him to investigate whether any of these oil company CEOs broke the law by making false statements to the Congress,' Lautenberg said.

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