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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8/28/12

WASHINGTON – As the speeches kick off today in Tampa, the League of Conservation Voters released a tally of the millions of dollars that oil and gas interests have given to Mitt Romney, the RNC and the speakers at this year’s Republican National Convention. Romney is so deeply in the tank for Big Oil that LCV today also named him to its “Dirty Dozen” program, which targets candidates— regardless of party affiliation — who consistently side against clean energy and conservation.

“Oil and gas interests have given more than $20 million to Mitt Romney and his allies in Tampa, so we shouldn't be surprised when they mock clean energy technologies and attack the President’s clean energy agenda.  If Romney makes it to the White House, Big Oil will truly have a reason to celebrate,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns.

Romney will be leading the charge in defending Big Oil this week because Big Oil is standing up for him. Between his two Presidential campaigns, the oil and gas industry has so far given him more than $2.7 million, with Big Oil interests like the Koch brothers pledging to spend hundreds of millions more to defeat the President this fall.

Just how much has the oil and gas industry given to Romney, the RNC and speakers at this year’s convention?

Speaker

Oil & Gas Funding Over Their Career

 
 

Artur Davis

$36,750

 

Barbara Comstock

$3,200

 

Bob McDonnell

$240,104

 

Bobby Jindal

$958,705

 

Brian Sandoval

$70,300

 

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

$153,925

 

Chris Christie

$24,645

 

Connie Mack

$62,325

 

Dan Benishek

$91,100

 

David Rouzer

$5,000

 

Jackie Walorski

$18,250

 

Jason Chaffetz

$53,500

 

Jeb Bush

$71,775

 

John Boehner

$664,501

 

John E. Sununu

$300,330

 

John Hoeven

$385,627

 

John Kasich

$378,451

 

John McCain

$2,915,918

 

John Thune

$656,212

 

Keith Rothfus

$40,650

 

Kelly Ayotte

$142,368

 

Kerry Healey

$9,500

 

Marco Rubio

$270,634

 

Mark Meadows

$1,500

 

Marsha Blackburn

$228,893

 

Mary Fallin

$867,706

 

Mike Huckabee

$180,222

 

Mitch McConnell

$1,250,211

 

Mitt Romney

$2,703,214

 

Newt Gingrich

$175,270

 

Nikki Haley

$51,715

 

Pam Bondi

$4,400

 

Paul Ryan

$247,150

 

Quico Canseco

$238,201

 

Rand Paul

$116,790

 

Richard Hudson

$14,000

 

Rick Berg

$461,660

 

Rick Santorum

$729,853

 

Rick Scott

$5,000

 

Ricky Gill

$20,250

 

RNC

$4,039,480

 

Rob Portman

$338,108

 

Ron Paul

$381,275

 

Sam Olens

$9,750

 

Scott Walker

$279,479

 

Sean Duffy

$49,700

 

Steve Daines

$117,437

 

Susana Martinez

$1,052,660

 

Ted Cruz

$301,850

 

Tim Griffin

$199,559

 

Tim Pawlenty

$77,155

 

Tim Scott

$25,500

 

*Total:

$21,721,758

 

Romney’s radical energy policies have landed him on LCV’s “Dirty Dozen” program. Since 1996, 60 percent of the “Dirty Dozen” have been defeated. LCV has previously named Virginia Senate candidate George Allen, New Mexico Senate candidate Heather Wilson and Rep. Tim Holden to its 2012 “Dirty Dozen.” Rep. Holden was defeated earlier this year in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district.

In April, the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund and Priorities USA Action partnered to release a television ad titled “$200 Million Man” to highlight Romney’s pledge to protect Big Oil at the expense of middle class Americans.

*This list is compiled of speakers that have been announced as taking part in the RNC convention. Contribution amounts have been compiled from The Center for Responsive Politics and The National Institute for Money in State Politics for federal and non-federal candidates respectively. In instances where individuals have been both federal and non-federal candidates, totals from each source have been aggregated. In some instances records were not available, so the total amount of oil and gas money received by GOP convention speakers is likely even higher. 

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