In 2009, individuals and political action committees associated with BP donated $16,000 to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
In addition, five of the all-time top 10 recipients of BP money in the House of Representatives sit on the House Energy Committee: John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) Joe Barton (R-Tex.), Ralph M. Hall (R-Tex.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Fred Upton, (R-Mich.).
All have received upward of $13,000 from BP-related individuals and political action committees during the past two decades. Dingell, the second most favored recipient of BP money in the House, has received $31,000.
There’s plenty of activity going on from other groups as well. Environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr. is representing the shrimpers along the Gulf Coast. MoveOn.org is pressuring President Obama to scrap his newly announced plans for offshore drilling.
Additional reporting by Justin Elliott