Montana Politics

Burns: The Top Oil Man in the Senate

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Earlier, I mentioned that Conrad Burns was a top ten recipient of oil money largesse in 2006. When it comes to money, though, Conrad always exceeds my expectations: he leads the pack. From Congress Daily, the top recipients of big oil’s PAC money (84% of which went to Republicans, incidentally):

The top recipients of those donations for the 2006 cycle were Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., $39,500; House Speaker Hastert, $35,000; Energy and Commerce Chairman Barton, $31,500; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, $28,250; House Resources Chairman Pombo, $27,000; Sen. George Allen, R-Va., $26,100; Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., $24,000; Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, $22,500; Ways and Means Chairman Thomas, $20,500, and Rep. Jim McCrery, R-La., $20,000.

Hmm. For what oil companies have given Conrad, I could fill up my car in the neighborhood of 993 times. Given his efforts to bring back bacon for the state, think I could persuade him to send some my way?

So, for those of you scoring at home, Conrad is a Senate leader in three categories: 1) out of state oil money, 2)racist jokes, and 3)pending indictments.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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