Our Poll: BP’s Political Contributions, Return Or Keep?

July 1, 2010

According to data from Opensecrets.org, in 2008 Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) received $8,000 in campaign contributions from British Petroleum. Representative Charlie Melancon (D-LA) was the next largest recipient of Louisiana candidates receiving a more modest $4,000 from BP. Jim McCrery (R-LA) took in $2,000 while Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) only received $1,000.

In 2010, Charlie Melancon received an additional $1,000 in campaign contributions from BP in his bid to replace Senator Vitter. According to data on Open Secrets, Rep. Melancon is the only Louisiana candidate to receive campaign contributions from BP in 2010.

Although Louisiana is an oil state, BP’s U.S. head quarters are located in Warrenville, IL, or about a 45 minute drive to Chicago. President Obama leads in campaign contributions from BP with $77,051, dwarfing Senator Landrieu’s $8,000, in 2008. Though some critics have complained about BP’s campaign contributions to President Barack Obama, it is expected that President Obama will not return a single dime. The assumption is that since President Obama did not return campaign contributions from Goldman Sachs, a total of $994,795, why would he return a mere $77,051?

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