By now, you’ve heard of that Texas Republican, Joe Barton, who apologized to British Petroleum for the inconvenience of having to answer tough questions about their oil spill.
But what you may not know is that Congressman Ken Calvert is one of Barton’s top allies – receiving $4000 just this year from Barton’s “leadership” fund. And no wonder: Calvert and Barton are best buddies when it comes to standing up for Big Oil.
Already in this election, Calvert has taken $16,725 from the oil and gas industry — with a lifetime total of a huge $187,374 from the industry. That’s more than any other current member of Congress from California.
Sign the petition now: Clean up your mess, Ken.
It’s simply outrageous. It’s plain to see where Calvert’s loyalty lies.
When I was a first grade teacher, I always told my students, “If you make a mess, you clean it up.”
Clearly, this is a lesson that Ken Calvert, Joe Barton, and their Big Oil buddies never learned.
Today I’m calling on Ken Calvert to redeem himself to the American people by donating $20,725 — all of the oil-slicked money he’s taken this election — to one of the many organizations that are helping restore the small businesses and communities of the Gulf Coast. He’s been a champion for Big Oil in Congress, and as a result of his policies of less oversight and less accountability, we’ve got a mess. And Ken Calvert should do his small part to help clean it up.
Click here to add your name to a petition that I will personally deliver to Ken Calvert. Stand up and help us hold Calvert and his Big Oil buddies accountable.
p.s. If you’d like to make your own donation to help the Gulf Coast, here’s a good list of charitable organizations to consider.