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

Jeffrey ErnstFriedman | May 12, 2011

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   
% Dem        Independents   
% Ind       
% Rep 
ConocoPhillips     $1,154,198$167,19714.5%$1,0000.1%$986,00185.4%
Exxon Mobil$2,609,337$249,2359.6%$1,3000.0%$2,358,80290.4%
Shell Oil$303,090$83,09027.4%$-0.0%$220,00072.6%

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 (

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