Kochtopus is big winner if Obama approves pipeline and the people lose
Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen
Kochtopus Oil Injections are the Drug of Choice for Congress
Sorry folks, but it looks like the patients have taken over the insane asylum we call “Congress” and instead of Nurse Ratchet, we have the Kochtopus distributing its nasty oil injections–obviously a habit-forming drug by the looks of Congressional addictions as they can hardly wait to get their medicine.
The Kochtopus controls the House Energy & Commerce Committee–not the majority of the American voters as it should be.
Who is the big winner with the Keystone Pipeline? It’s not the majority of the American people. It’s David Koch, his brother Charles, and our elected officials who sell out to the corporate mafia and stand in line for their oil injections.
Koch Industries and its employees formed the largest single oil and gas donor to members of the panel, ahead of giants like Exxon Mobil. Claiming an electoral mandate, Republicans on the committee have launched an agenda long backed by the Koch brothers: restricting the reach of the Environmental Protection Agency which oversees the Kochs’ core energy businesses.
Koch Industries would be a big winner if this pipeline is approved. Presently, Koch imports to the U.S.close to 25% of all oil sands crude. The Koch brothers have been busy.
REPUBLICAN MEMBERS of the House Energy & Commerce Committee
Note: Every last one of these need to be removed in 2012.
Fred Upton (MI) $1,279,000 from polluters and $20,000 from Koch
Joe Barton (TX) (The ass who apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for President Obama’s “shakedown” of BP. Of course the part Barton left out was that he owned over $100,000 shares in BP Stock.) Watch his apology in you tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv0siXm2cpc $4,262,770 from polluters and from Koch Contributions: $44,750
Cliff Stearns (FL) $521,500 from Polluters but so far $0 from Koch
Ed Whitfield (KY) $1,111,000 from polluters and Koch Contributions $9.000
John Shimkus (IL) $1,512,179 from polluters and $30,000 from Koch. “The earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood . . . There is a theological debate that this is a carbon-starved planet, not too much carbon.” [YouTube, 3/25/09]
Joseph R. Pitts (PA) $320,000 from polluters and $3,000 from Koch
Mary Bono Mack (CA) $425,400 from polluters and $10,000 from Koch
Greg Walden (OR) $712,000 from polluters and $16,500 from Koch
Lee Terry (NE) $682,062 from polluters and $14,500 from Koch
Mike Rogers (MI) $724,000 from polluters and $34,500 from Koch
Sue Myrick (NC) $528,400 from polluters and $9,000 from Koch
John Sullivan (OK) $979,256 from polluters and $37,500 from Koch
Tim Murphy (PA) $834,000 from polluters and Koch Contributions: $15,000
Michael Burgess (TX) $482,644 from polluters and Koch Contributions: $30,000
Marsha Blackburn (TN) $313,643 from polluters and Koch Contributions: $32,000
Brian P. Bilbray (CA) $7,500 from Koch and $607,000 from polluters
Charles F. Bass (NH) $0 from Koch but $449,000 from polluter contributions
Phil Gingrey (GA) $110,450 from polluters and Koch Contributions: $12,000
Steve Scalise (LA) $173, 485 from polluters and Koch Contributions: $15,000
Bob Latta (OH) $89,750 from Polluters but $0 Koch
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) $309, 586 from polluters and Koch Contributions: $13,500
Gregg Harper (MS) joined Marsha Blackburn and the House Republican leadership in co-sponsoring H.R. 391, which excludes carbon dioxide from the definition of the term ‘air pollutant’ in the Clean Air Act.
Leonard Lance (NJ) $172,700 from polluters and $2,500 from Koch
Bill Cassidy (LA) $110,550 from polluters Koch Contributions: $6,000
Brett Guthrie (KY) $93,250 from polluters $5,000 from Koch
Pete Olson (TX) $28,800 from Koch
David McKinley (WV) $50,850 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Cory Gardner (CO) Koch Contributions: $10,000
Mike Pompeo (KS) Koch’s special man in Congress, tips the scales at $79,500.
Adam Kinzinger (IL) $1,000 from Koch
Morgan Griffith (VA) Koch Contributions: $5,000
DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS ON HOUSE ENERGY & COMMERCE COMMITTEE
Note: At the least, all the ones in bold need to go in 2012.
Henry A. Waxman (CA) $221.000 from polluters $0 from Koch
John D. Dingell (MI) $3,090,000 from polluters and $7,500 from Koch
Edward J. Markey (MA) $612,000 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Edolphus Towns (NY) $844,500 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ) $187,377 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Bobby L. Rush (IL) $448,000 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Anna G. Eshoo (CA) $98,000 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Eliot L. Engel (NY) $38,000 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Gene Green (TX) $535,000 from polluters and $18,500 from Koch
Diana DeGette (CO) $19,450 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Lois Capps (CA) $69,000 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Michael F. Doyle (PA) $766,000 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Jan Schakowsky (IL) $4,300 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Charles A. Gonzalez (TX) $440,000 from polluters and $19,500 from Koch
Jay Inslee (WA) $112,000 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Tammy Baldwin (WI) $43,571 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Mike Ross (AR) $421,003 from polluters and from Koch: $24,000 [Mike Ross is another Corporate Centrist Democrat who should be running as a Republican.]
Jim Matheson (UT) $624,000 from polluters and he has received $34,000 from Koch
G. K. Butterfield (NC) $264,000 from polluters and $0 from Koch[He needs to go regardless because he is among the 76 Democrats supporting the AT&T merger.]
John Barrow (GA) $372,000 from polluters and $8,250 from Koch
Doris O. Matsui (CA) $57,700 from polluters and $0 from Koch
Donna Christensen (VI) no information
Kathy Castor (FL) $15,250 from polluters and $0 from Koch
We need to start now to find replacement for these people. If one of these a-holes is your representative, why don’t you run against “it” yourself? Do your country a favor and run for office as an Independent.
Polluter Contributions: Include contributions dirtymoneyenergy.com when available or manual counts from 2009-2010 cycle from Federal Election Commission data if available. Koch Contributions: Include contributions from the PAC and employees of Koch Industries as well as personal donations made by the Koch brothers and their spouses. Sources: career contribution data from Opensecrets.org and www. dirtymoneyenergy.com when available or manual counts from 2009-2010 cycle from Federal Election Commission data if available. Pollution-related Deaths: Over 13,000 deaths each year are attributable to fine particle pollution from U.S. power plants, according ot the Clean Air Task Force (www.catf.us). Asthma Prevalence: Estimates are based on analysis of American Lung Association data (http://www.lungusa.org/finding-cures/our-research/trend-reports/estimated-prevalence.pdf). Health Care Use: United States, 2005-2009 (2011): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr032.pdf)
from the oil and gas, electric utility, and coal and mining sectors.
Top donors in these categories oppose key EPA safeguards. Sources: career contribution data from Opensecrets.org and www.
SOURCE: For Koch Contributions for Republicans and Democrats from THINK PROGRESS
Also SOURCE: for a complete list of all polluter contributions to all members of the House: