Saturday, Oct 03rd

Last update06:07:08 AM GMT

You are here News Politics Big Oil and Big Guns: Not so strange bedfellows

Big Oil and Big Guns: Not so strange bedfellows

E-mail Print PDF

oil and big gunsOil and gas companies give hundreds of millions of dollars to political campaigns and lobbying groups to further their interests in Congress. In 2012 and 2013 oil and gas spent a combined $24 million on contributions to (mostly Republican) lawmakers in the Senate and the House. In 2013, reported, the oil-and-gas industry spent almost $145 million on lobbying.

Oil and gas donations to advocacy groups relate to issues of oil and gas exploration on land and offshore, climate change, tax increases and approving the Keystone pipeline. But recent research by liberal groups suggests that millions of dollars have also been going to gun groups, such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Safari Club International (SCI), for purposes that seemingly contradict the platforms those groups purport to represent.

In a report released in April, the Center for American Progress (CAP) argued that the top 20 congressional recipients of donations from the political action committee of SCI received more than $1.5 million from oil and gas during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles.

According to the report, investments in sportsmen’s associations enable energy companies to influence NRA and SCI lobbying efforts, particularly in areas such as privatizing public lands, expanding drilling activities in national forests and fighting “the nation’s most effective wildlife recovery law, the Endangered Species Act.”


Most Recent Related Stories...

Donald Trump: I would send Syrian refugees home

TrumpDonald Trump has said he would send home all Syrian refugees the US accepts, if he...

FACT CHECK: Math in Trump’s tax plan doesn’t always add up

TrumpIn proposing a major overhaul of the U.S. tax system, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump vows...

Clinton campaign blasts McCarthy for admitting political goal of Benghazi panel

Kevin McCarthyHillary Clinton’s campaign and its allies are seizing on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s boast that...

Boehner slams some GOP hard liners as 'false prophets'

John BoehnerHouse Speaker John Boehner warned Sunday against "false prophets" in his own party making unrealistic promises,...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!