Money in Politics – Of course our elected Representatives are ‘serving the public’
‘The House of Representatives today added another mark to the list — the Domestic Energy Production Act, H.R. 4480’.
‘The act is specifically designed to increase oil and gas development, with measures that block safeguards from smog and pollution and mandate drilling on public lands’.
‘The House Republicans passed this pollution and plunder energy package overrun by oil and gas industry interests, 248 to 163. This breakdown includes 229 Republicans and 19 Democratic members’.
‘A ThinkProgress analysis of Center for Responsive Politics data shows how that oil and gas money overwhelmingly went to the votes for gutting safeguards from air pollution, drilling regulations and public lands protections’:
•’The 248 members — 229 Republicans and 19 Democrats. They received a total of $38.6 million in oil and gas campaign cash — or an average of $156,000 each’.
•’The 163 members who voted no — 158 Democrats and 5 Republicans, they received $5.8 million, or $36,000 each’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/06/21/503812/members-who-supported-massive-giveaway-to-big-oil-have-received-386-million-from-the-industry/