Clean air, dirty hands | Arkansas Blog

Friday, March 12, 2010

Clean air, dirty hands

Posted By on Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 3:02 PM


Environmental groups gathered outside Sen. Lincoln's office this morning to urge action on climate change legislation.

Environmental and good government groups continue to probe relationships that help explain lawmakers' positions on important legislation.

For example, regarding Sen. Blanche Lincoln's opposition to regulation of greenhouse gases and cap and trade legislation:

The Sunlight Foundation took a look at lobbyists with personal ties to the congresswoman and found that at least six of Lincoln’s former staff members now lobby for interest groups with a stake in climate regulations, including oil and gas trade groups.

 One former aide who was once described as Lincoln’s “alter ego”, Kelly Bingel, now lobbies for the American Petroleum Institute, Koch Industries, Edison Electric Institute and the Business Roundtable. Another former aide, Charles Barnett, lobbies for NRG Energy and El Paso Corp. Another, Benjamin Noble, lobbies for Southern Co. (See the full map of lobbying connections at the Sunlight Foundation Web site).

...

Lobbyists are only part of the equation when adding up the fossil fuel industries' influence in Washington, of course.

When it comes to campaign contributions this election cycle, Lincoln and Murkowski also lead the list of the recipients of campaign cash connected to the energy and natural resources industries, a group led by oil companies and utilities.

The Top 10 congressional recipients of contributions related to the energy and natural resources industries so far in the 2010 election cycle, according to federal fillings compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, are:

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) — $420,722
    Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) — $417,296

 


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • University pay ranking puts UA System chief at 57

    The Chronicle of Higher Education recently released its survey of pay of top public and private university leaders in 2016-17. Donald Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, checked in at No. 57 on the list of 251 public university leaders.
    • Jul 22, 2018
  • Winds, race and an open line

    The open line includes power outages, Republicans and racism.
    • Jul 21, 2018
  • EPA sues over 2013 oil spill near Magnolia

    The oil spill many probably never heard about — far bigger than the Mayflower pipeline rupture — has now led to a federal lawsuit against the owner of the operation in Magnolia where the spill occurred.
    • Jul 21, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • French Hill votes against disaster aid to Puerto Rico

    Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill alone among Arkansas's House delegation voted last week against a measure that provided $36.5 billion in disaster aid, a portion  for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as well as money for wildfire response and to support the flood insurance program.
    • Oct 14, 2017
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017

Most Viewed

  • Corruption probe nets another guilty plea, implicates another senator

    Jerry Walsh, 72, who ran the now-defunct South Arkansas Youth Services, has pleaded guilty to paying $120,000 to an unnamed Arkansas state senator in return for action favorable to the agency, Walsh and others.He pleaded guilty today in federal court in El Dorado. The scheme altogether diverted $380,000 in public money.
  • University pay ranking puts UA System chief at 57

    The Chronicle of Higher Education recently released its survey of pay of top public and private university leaders in 2016-17. Donald Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, checked in at No. 57 on the list of 251 public university leaders.

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation