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Center for Responsive Politics Launches 'Fueling Washington' Series Exploring Oil Industry's Political Influence

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

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

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



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