Public Campaign Action Fund reports that Sen. Crapo attended a fundraiser hosted by a BP lobbyist just an hour before the Senate Finance Hearing where oil execs, inlcuding BP America CEO Lamar McKary, are set to defend oil subsidies:

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), a member of a Senate committee holding a hearing today on oil and gas subsidies, was scheduled to attend a fundraiser this morning that was hosted by a lobbyist who represents oil giant BP.

One of the seven hosts for the event is Aleix Jarvis, a lobbyist for DC powerhouse Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock. Jarvis represents BP for the firm, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. So far this year, BP has paid the firm $60,000.


As C&BP reported earlier, BP as well as the rest of Big Oil, continues to pump millions in contributions into the Republican House and Senate. Below are the total federal contributions made by Big Oil during the 2009-2010 election cycle:

Company  Political Contributions (Dem)  Political Contributions (GOP)  2010 Lobbying Expenditures
Exxon Mobil  $168,979  $1,211,019  $12,450,000
Chevron  $160,049  $772,000  $12,890,000
ConocoPhillips  $133,141  $323,343  $19,626,382
Shell  $10,370,000
BP  $31,500  $35,000  $7,335,000
Total  $493,669  $2,341,363  $62,671,382