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BP Funding Tea Party Favorites

BP Funding Tea Party Favorites

A startling report to be released on Monday, October 25, reveals that BP and several other big European companies are funding the election campaigns of Tea Party favorites and others who deny the existence of global warming, reports The Guardian.

The Guardian states: An analysis of campaign finance by Climate Action Network Europe (Cane) found nearly 80% of campaign donations from a number of major European firms were directed toward senators who blocked action on climate change. These included incumbents who have been embraced by the Tea Party such as Jim DeMint, a Republican from South Carolina, and the notorious climate change denier James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma.

Coordinated European Attempt To Influence US Elections

The compilers of the report used information from the Open Secrets.org database to track what it labeled a coordinated attempt by some of Europe’s biggest polluters to influence the US midterms.

Here’s how it read: “The European companies are funding almost exclusively Senate candidates who have been outspoken in their opposition to comprehensive climate policy in the US and candidates who actively deny the scientific consensus that climate change is happening and is caused by people.”

Big Donations To Deniers Of Climate Change

The Cane report said the companies, including BP, BASF, Bayer and Solvay, some of Europe’s biggest pollution emitters, have collectively donated $240,000 to senators who oppose action on global warming.

So it’s not enough that the 5 – 4 Citizens United decision last January gave US corporations, big energy, big oil, the super-wealthy, the Koch brothers, the opportunity to sneak in as much money as they want to elect their candidates.

Worldwide Contributions

Now we also have foreign contributors playing their part. And it’s not restricted to European donations. A report by ThinkProgress, operated by the Center for American Progress, tracked donations to the Chamber of Commerce from a number of Indian and Middle Eastern oil, coal and electricity companies.

Whatever happened to democracy?

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5:11AM PDT on May 19, 2012

No money to any thats what the debates are for. No tax payee money, no outside money, NO MONEY at all.

3:06PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

The US propaganda machine is well funded.

10:50AM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Does this explain Michelle Bachman's promise of $2/gallon gas? Hmmm....

7:21PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Our only hope is for more thinking people to come out and stop this before only bullies are allowed to live.

7:46AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

What European candidates do we fund? Or would Indo/Europe even allow such a thing?
It's come down to this. Instead of voting for a candidate, we might as well vote for an international corporation. At least we would actually know what from hell we voted for.

7:23AM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

Very interesting for someone like me in the UK.

4:50AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Tea Party a ticket too hell.....

1:03PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

When truth can’t hold up, some resort to “the best defense is an offense.” And along came the triangulated ideology of We the Abused Underdogs -Murdock's Tea-POX "News" CORP./WALL $T. (Journal) $ervice$, hellbent on a destructive witch-hunt like Hypocritical Puritans. It's operates as a divide-and-conquer the US, PROPAGANDA machine.

10:00PM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

BP owns 45% of the company just given a permit to drill in Alaska Wildlife Reserve.

9:55AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

The oily and regressive Republican Party of No is mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

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