Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may not have been cut out for Nancy Pelosi’s Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, but look who was:
— Alana Horowitz Satlin (@achorowitz) February 7, 2019
The nine Democrats selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to serve on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis received a combined $198,000 from fossil fuel industry political action committees in the 2018 election cycle.
The majority of the donations went to Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), who raised $117,000 from PACs connected to oil, gas, mining and electric utility corporations. Those donations constituted 6 percent of all contributions raised by Lujan. The rest of the appointees received scant funds from fossil fuel PACs. The data comes from the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit that classifies campaign donations by industry.
“That’s $200,000 of potential conflict of interest on an issue of grave concern,” said David Turnbull, a spokesman for the coalition of groups that oversee the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. “If you’re going to be talking about the critical issue of climate change, you need to rid yourself of the influence of the fossil fuel industry.”
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That's… Not a lot.
— Jonathan (@ProudSkeptic) February 7, 2019
But it’s enough to make them hypocrites.
— Orange Muppet Energy (@sunnyright) February 7, 2019
— Rob Solo (@robsolo) February 7, 2019
We can’t enjoy this enough.
Establishment always wins. https://t.co/9jPENn2IMg
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) February 7, 2019