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

Yesterday, 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). The four Democrats who broke rank were Sen. Mark Begich (D -AK), Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Sen. Jim Webb, (D-VA).

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 in oil and gas contributions. Democrats received $6.66 million.
  • Since 2011, Senate Republicans have voted seven times for pro-Big Oil interests and against clean energy three times.

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