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.
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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