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August 23, 2010
1:59 PM

CONTACT: Center for Responsive Politics

Dave Levinthal, Center for Responsive Politics, 202-354-0111 Launches 'Fueling Washington' Series Exploring Oil Industry's Political Influence

WASHINGTON - August 23 - Climate change legislation. Energy policy. The worst oil spill in American history.

This year, the fossil fuels industry has dominated political discourse in ways it never before has. And such debate comes at a time when the most interested of parties -- environmentalists, alternative energy producers, the oil and gas industry itself -- are pouring record amounts of money into national politics in an attempt to bend rules, regulations and politicians their way.

Therefore, the Center for Responsive Politics today launches "Fueling Washington: How Oil Money Drives Politics" a weeklong series of reports exploring the oil and gas industry's evermore intimate relationship with the federal government and the people elected to make the nation's laws.

Such connections come in multiple forms: through massive industry lobbying efforts, tens of millions of dollars in political campaign contributions, the personal investments of lawmakers and even the vehicles politicians choose to drive.'s journalists will navigate these avenues of influence and more in explaining how money has this year colored -- and will continue to color -- the great energy policy debates of our time.

Follow the "Fueling Washington" series each day this week on the OpenSecrets Blog and through the series' homepage, found here.

At noon Friday, the series' authors will join Center for Responsive Politics' Executive Director Sheila Krumholz for a live Web chat during which they will answer the public's questions and provide rich analysis about how the oil and gas industry influences politics.



The Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in federal politics and its effect on elections and public policy. The nonpartisan, nonprofit Center aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more responsive government. CRP's award-winning website,, is the most comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis available anywhere. CRP relies on support from a combination of foundation grants, individual contributions and income earned from custom research and licensing data for commercial use. The Center accepts no contributions from businesses, labor unions or trade associations.


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