Senators Who Voted To Protect Oil Tax Breaks Received $23,582,500 From Big Oil

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    Mar 31, 2012 7:41 PM GMT

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    In a 51-47 vote, 43 Senate Republicans and four Democrats filibustered to protect $24 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil. Although a majority voted for Sen. Robert Menendez's (D-NJ) bill, it fell short of the 60 needed. The only two Republicans to break rank were Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME). A Think Progress Green analysis shows how oil and gas companies have funneled cash to the same senators who protected its handouts: -- The 47 senators voting against the bill have received $23,582,500 in career contributions from oil and gas. The 51 senators voting to repeal oil tax breaks have received $5,873,600. -- The senators who voted for Big Oil's handouts received on average over four times as much career oil cash as those who voted to end them. -- Overall, Senate Republicans have taken $23.2 million... Democrats received $6.66 million...



    So how do you like your Congressment and Senators, "Bought and Paid For" or independent enough to vote for what is good for the country rather than their own interests ?

    Seems to me there should be marching in the streets to put an end to this bullshit !!
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    Mar 31, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    realifedad saidSo how do you like your Congressment and Senators, "Bought and Paid For" or independent enough to vote for what is good for the country rather than their own interests ?

    Seems to me there should be marching in the streets to put an end to this bullshit !!

    But these are campaign contributions, not bribery. The Congress has said so, in laws it has passed for itself, making it all quite legal. And thanks to the Citizens United decision by a Republican-appointed majority on the US Supreme Court, contributions from corporate Big Oil can be unlimited. Which, as you note, goes disproportionately to Republicans.

    Think of it like the Circle of Life, only instead of Life, the Circle is corruption.