Senators Who Voted To Protect Oil Tax Breaks Received $23,582,500 From Big Oil | ThinkProgress

Share

In a 51-47 vote, 43 Senate Republicans and four Democrats filibustered to protect $24 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil. Although a majority voted for Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-NJ) bill, it fell short of the 60 needed. The only two Republicans to break rank were Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

A Think Progress Green analysis shows how oil and gas companies have funneled cash to the same senators who protected its handouts:

– The 47 senators voting against the bill have received $23,582,500 in career contributions from oil and gas. The 51 senators voting to repeal oil tax breaks have received $5,873,600.

– The senators who voted for Big Oil’s handouts received on average over four times as much career oil cash as those who voted to end them.

– Overall, Senate Republicans have taken $23.2 million in oil and gas contributions. Democrats received $6.66 million.

– Since 2011, Senate Republicans have voted seven times for pro-Big Oil interests and against clean energy three times.

Democrats who joined the Republicans in defeating the bill include Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Jim Webb (D-VA). Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) broke ranks and voted to cut the tax breaks. Two senators, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) didn’t vote.

Republicans have taken an overwhelming 88 percent of oil and gas contributions this election cycle. While showering politicans with cash, the oil industry also spent over $146,000,000 on lobbying last year.

Although 55 percent of Americans want to see Big Oil welfare end, the GOP once again largely acted in-line with their Big Oil donors.

The full list of oil contributions for the Senate is listed below, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics:

Senator Since 2006 Career Vote
Akaka, Daniel (D-HI) 6,800 33,500 Y
Alexander, Lamar (R-TN) 159,350 414,550 N
Ayotte, Kelly (R-NH) 142,368 142,368 N
Barrasso, John (R-WY) 409,900 416,650 N
Baucus, Max (D-MT) 193,800 358,815 Y
Begich, Mark (D -AK) 153,705 153,705 N
Bennet, Michael (D-CO) 137,170 137,170 Y
Bingaman, Jeff (D-NM) 130,499 446,440 Y
Blumenthal, Richard (D-CT) 8,500 8,500 Y
Blunt, Roy (R-MO) 363,950 760,598 N
Boozman, John (R-AR) 101,352 141,952 N
Boxer, Barbara (D-CA) 19,350 40,075 Y
Brown , Scott (R-MA) 198,660 198,660 N
Brown , Sherrod (D-OH) 14,850 63,250 Y
Burr, Richard (R-NC) 234,800 549,852 N
Cantwell, Maria (D-WA) 39,666 61,116 Y
Cardin, Benjamin (D-MD) 39,400 71,900 Y
Carper, Thomas (D-DE) 48,600 71,060 Y
Casey, Bob (D-PA) 103,150 103,150 Y
Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA) 260,300 381,192 N
Coats, Daniel (R-In) 144,783 348,908 N
Coburn, Tom (R-OK) 190,400 552,163 N
Cochran, Thad (R-MS) 94,250 231,485 N
Collins, Susan (R-ME) 83,900 175,643 Y
Conrad, Kent (D-ND) 72,150 312,403 Y
Coons, Chris (D-DE) 13,373 13,373 Y
Corker, Bob (R-TN) 414,250 462,950 N
Cornyn, John (R-TX) 1,197,275 1,877,550 N
Crapo, Mike (R-ID) 94,300 314,689 N
DeMint, Jim (R-SC) 149,323 248,389 N
Durbin, Richard (D-IL) 23,100 66,800 Y
Enzi, Michael (R-WY) 126,800 305,650 N
Feinstein, Dianne (D-CA) 63,500 179,750 Y
Franken, Al (D-MN) 19,200 19,200 Y
Gillibrand, Kirsten (D-NY) 67,882 74,050 Y
Graham, Lindsey (R-SC) 64,150 154,875 N
Grassley, Chuck (R-IA) 132,500 270,050 N
Hagan, Kay (D-NC) 17,550 17,550 Y
Harkin, Tom (D-IA) 61,550 189,500 Y
Hatch, Orrin (R-UT) 310,750 452,425
Heller, Dean (R-NV) 122,100 210,050 N
Hoeven, John (R-ND) 263,289 263,289 N
Hutchsion, Kay Bailey (R-TX) 476,586 2,223,271 N
Inhofe, James (R-OK) 550,350 1,367,523 N
Inouye, Daniel (D-HI) 25,850 65,850 Y
Isakson, Johnny (R-GA) 130,900 248,514 N
Johanns, Mike (R-NE) 82,800 82,800 N
Johnson, Ron (R-WI) 113,950 113,950 N
Johnson, Tim (D-SD) 62,350 127,706 Y
Kerry, John (D-MA) 4,710 407,570 Y
Kirk, Mark (R-IL) 159,750 207,750
Klobouchar, Amy (D-MN) 19,716 19,716 Y
Kohl, Herb (D-WI) 1,300 Y
Kyl, Jon (R-AZ) 145,900 334,332 N
Landrieu, Mary L. (D-LA) 492,030 891,574 N
Lautenberg, Frank (D-NJ) 40,800 95,900 Y
Leahy, Patrick (D-VT) 250 10,250 Y
Lee, Mike (R-UT) 50,350 50,350 N
Levin, Carl (D-MI) 23,100 92,844 Y
Lieberman, Jo (I -CT) 84,850 196,250 Y
Lugar, Richard (R-IN) 67,600 217,225 N
Manchin, Joe (D-WV) 141,300 141,300 Y
McCain, John (R-AZ) 2,622,764 2,870,491 N
McCaskill, Claire (D-MO) 55,058 55,058 Y
McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) 759,450 1,154,011 N
Menendez, Robert (D-NJ) 58,900 118,650 Y
Merkley, Jeff (D-OR) 6,500 6,500 Y
Mikulski, Barbara (D-MD) 9,650 47,710 Y
Moran, Jerry (R-KS) 139,000 385,496 N
Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK) 320,326 533,489 N
Murray, Patty (D-Wa) 21,716 57,366 Y
Nelson, Ben (D-NE) 217,650 271,555 N
Nelson, Bill (D-FL) 56,617 86,117 Y
Paul, Rand (R-KY) 106,840 106,840 N
Portman, Robert (R-OH) 313,858 323,458 N
Pryor, Mark (D-AR) 153,650 183,800 Y
Reed, Jack (D-RI) 5,200 12,850 Y
Reid, Harry (D-NV) 136,550 349,336 Y
Risch, James (R-ID) 88,350 88,350 N
Roberts, Pat (R-KS) 250,000 429,800 N
Rockefeller, Jay (D-WV) 73,550 310,250 Y
Rubio, Marco (R-FL) 244,034 244,034 N
Sanders, Bernie (I -VT) 5,500 7,200 Y
Schumer, Charles (D-NY) 64,200 239,551 Y
Sessions, Jeff (R-AL) 106,200 297,500 N
Shaheen, Jeanne (D-NH) 12,300 21,000 Y
Shelby, Richard (R-AL) 50,900 352,700 N
Snowe, Olympia (R-ME) 73,200 173,900 Y
Stabenow, Debnbie (D-MI) 35,750 54,100 Y
Tester, Jon (D-Mt) 26,400 26,400 Y
Thune, John (R-SD) 189,835 649,462 N
Toomey, Patrick (R-PA) 315,366 362,716 N
Udall, Mark (D-CO) 120,110 169,029 Y
Udall, Tom (D-NM) 105,329 150,210 Y
Vitter, David (R-LA) 612,850 1,018,685 N
Warner, Mark (D-VA) 20,400 59,200 Y
Webb, Jim (D-VA) 26,006 26,006 N
Whitehouse, Sheldon (D-RI) 25,550 25,550 Y
Wicker, Roger (R-MS) 356,400 538,810 N
Wyden, Ron (D-OR) 43,264 117,864 Y
TOTAL 16,994,910 30,116,264
GOP 13,586,309 23,249,395
Dems 3,318,251 6,663,419
Independents 90,350 203,450

Methodology: Analysis includes oil and gas contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more to Senators between the 2006-2012 election cycles and over their career, using data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

 

Senators Who Voted To Protect Oil Tax Breaks Received $23,582,500 From Big Oil | ThinkProgress.

Leave a Reply