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Powerful House Chairman Feels the Heat from Constituent Backlash


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Rep. Upton has received significant donations from the oil and gas industry, more so since he became chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee.   His efforts in Congress have definitely helped these special interests, putting their profits ahead of his constituents’ health.

His constituents have noticed.  And there has been a tremendous backlash against his efforts. [1][2] [3]

Faced with this criticism, Rep. Upton has felt compelled to respond through OpEds like this one (although his arguments were quickly debunked by the NRDC here).

Now, it is being reported that he is not accepting donations from BP.

Perhaps it’s a coincidence that he’s doing this after being so strongly criticized for supporting special interests.  But I don’t think so.

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Heather Taylor-Miesle NRDC Action Fund

Heather Taylor-Miesle NRDC Action Fund

Heather Taylor-Miesle is the Director of the NRDC Action Fund. With more than 13 years of experience in federal politics as a public interest lobbyist, political consultant and on Capitol Hill, she has expertise in federal energy, environmental health, and appropriations issues. Prior to becoming director of the NRDC Action Fund, Ms. Taylor-Miesle was the associate legislative director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the world’s premier environmental organizations. Prior to her position at the NRDC, Ms. Taylor-Miesle worked on Capitol Hill, first as an aide to now Governor Ted Strickland (D-OH) and then as a senior staff member for current Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis (D-CA). Follow Heather and NRDC's Action Fund on Facebook(

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