This is what the category ‘Corporate Fascism’ is for (British Petroleum Edition)

This should make everyone very angry at BP.  Hopefully not so angry that they would pick up a hammer and take it to the nearest BP station and knock a hole in their pumps, or burn down a BP station or anything revolutionary like that.  Those actions would be wrong.

In any case, here is a news reporter being denied access to a beach because a BP hired security guard (not a policeman) thinks the press should be kept away from the beach:

http://www.wdsu.com/video/23877252/index.html

Just so everyone knows, here’s a list (from Googlefinance)  of who is at the helm at BP while it suppresses our constitutional rights:

Officers and directors

Anthony B. Hayward Group Chief Executive, Executive Director Age: 52
Bio & Compensation – Reuters Byron E. Grote Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director Age: 61
Bio & Compensation – Reuters Sally Bott Executive Vice President – Human Resources Age: 60
Bio & Compensation – Reuters Steve Westwell Executive Vice President, Group Chief Of Staff Age: 51
Bio & Compensation – Reuters H. Lamar McKay Executive Vice President; Chairman and President of BP America, Inc. Age: 51
Bio & Compensation – Reuters Rupert Bondy Group General Counsel Age: 48
Bio & Compensation – Reuters Robert W. Dudley Managing Director, Executive Director Age: 54
Bio & Compensation – Reuters Iain C. Conn Chief Executive – Refining and Marketing Business, Executive Director Age: 47
Bio & Compensation – Reuters Andrew G. Inglis Chief Executive – Exploration and Production, Executive Director Age: 50
Bio & Compensation – Reuters Carl-Henric Svanberg Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

And here’s an excerpt from Sourcewatch detailing the lobbying efforts of BP. Remember these are before the Citizens United case ended restrictions on corporate money flows.   So this will only get worse:

The BP political action committee (PAC) gave $219,500 to federal candidates in the 05/06 election cycle – 34% to Democrats, 65% to Republicans. [13]

A summary of the BP PAC data is below, from Open Secrets:

2010
Total Spent – $173,781
Contributions to Federal Candidates – $75,550 (42% to Democrats, 58% to Republicans)

2008
Total Spent – $619,255
Contributions to Federal Candidates – $198,500 (41% to Democrats, 59% to Republicans)

2006
Total Spent – $601,696
Contributions to Federal Candidates – $219,500 (34% to Democrats, 65% to Republicans)

2004
Total Spent – $678,337
Contributions to Federal Candidates – $220,499 (38% to Democrats, 62% to Republicans)

BP is one of the largest energy company contributors to both Republican and Democratic candidates for Congress. These contributions total $122,300 to the 110th US Congress (as of the third quarter), the largest of which has been to Rep. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). Rep. Landrieu, for her part, has been supportive of the oil industry on energy, war and climate bills.[2] (Add information from more recent reports)

More information on oil industry contributions to Congress can be found at FollowtheOilMoney.org, created by Oil Change International.

The company spent $3,650,000 for lobbying in 2006. BP used several lobbying firms but most lobbying was done with its in-house lobbyists. [14]


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This is what the category ‘Corporate Fascism’ is for (British Petroleum Edition)

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