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Environmentalists Target ‘Dirty’ Politicians, Including Many Democrats

A coalition of environmental groups launched a new web site yesterday that targets lawmakers who have taken money from the oil, natural gas and coal industries.

DirtyEnergyMoney.com tracks industry contributions from 1999 to June 2010 based on Federal Election Commission disclosures. The web site was launched by MoveOn, Public Citizen, Greenpeace, Energy Action Coalition, True Majority, 350.org and others.

According to the site, the top five “dirtiest politicians” (those that took the most money from industry) are:

  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
  • Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas)
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
  • Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)
  • Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.)

The site also targets Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), who is facing a tough reelection battle this year. Lincoln has accepted $814,882 since 1999, the site says. According to the site:

Arkansas’ Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln seems to have drilled into the largest deposit of dirty campaign cash in the most recent election cycle. What has she done to deserve such generosity? She voted for the Murkowski Big Oil Bailout, a bill that would have gutted clean air protections and increased our oil dependence. She also voted to keep sending our taxpayer money to big oil and gas.

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