Contributions Connected to the Five Oil Companies Testifying Before the Senate Finance Committee Skew Towards Republicans

May 12, 2011 - The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on Thursday titled "Oil and Gas Tax Incentives and Rising Energy Prices." The Democratic-controlled Senate invited executives from BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon, and Shell to testify on the rise in gas prices. Combined, the five companies and their employees have contributed $6.3 million to current lawmakers since 2001.

Total contributions from Big Oil companies and employees to current legislators  (Jan. 1, 2001 - Dec. 31, 2010)

  Total Contributions   
Democrats       
% Dem        Independents   
% Ind       
Republicans     
% Rep 
BP $628,038 $213,200 33.9% $4,500 0.7% $410,338 65.3%
Chevron $1,604,397 $294,807 18.4% $- 0.0% $1,309,590 81.6%
ConocoPhillips     $1,154,198 $167,197 14.5% $1,000 0.1% $986,001 85.4%
Exxon Mobil $2,609,337 $249,235 9.6% $1,300 0.0% $2,358,802 90.4%
Shell Oil $303,090 $83,090 27.4% $- 0.0% $220,000 72.6%

Methodology: Includes monetary and non-monetary contributions from Jan. 1, 2001-Dec. 31, 2010 to candidate campaign committees of legislators serving in the House and Senate on May 12, 2011. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org).

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