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The Exxon strategy: why a handful of right-wing Democrats want to tank infrastructure

by Sarah Lutz, climate campaigner

#1: Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX-28)

  • Over the 2019–20 cycle, Cuellar was the 2nd largest recipient of oil and gas money among House Democrats
  • Lifetime oil and gas contributions: $1,002,109 (his biggest contributor by industry).
  • Fun Fact: ConocoPhillips was one of his top fifteen contributors during the 2019–20 cycle, as well as his career.

#2: Rep. Vicente González (TX-15)

  • Over the 2019–20 cycle, González was the 4th largest recipient of oil and gas money among House Democrats.
  • Lifetime oil and gas contributions: $242,006 (his biggest contributor by industry).
  • Fun Fact: ExxonMobil was one of his top fifteen contributors during the 2019–20 cycle and top twenty over his career.

#3: Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-5):

  • Over the 2019–20 cycle, Schrader was the 6th largest recipient of oil and gas money among House Democrats.
  • Lifetime oil and gas contributions: $279,000.
  • Fun Fact: ExxonMobil was one of his top thirty contributors during the 2019–20 cycle.

#4 Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16)

  • Over the 2019–20 cycle, Costa was the 7th largest recipient of oil and gas money among House Democrats.
  • Lifetime oil and gas contributions: $637,979 (his second biggest contributor by industry).
  • Fun Fact: Chevron has contributed $80,250 throughout Costa’s House career, including $10,000 for the pending 2022 election cycle.

#5: Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5)

  • Over the 2019–20 cycle, Gottheimer was the 11th largest recipient of oil and gas money among House Democrats.
  • Lifetime oil and gas contributions: $136,251.
  • Fun Fact: Chevron is a top fifteen contributor over his career.

#6: Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34)

  • Lifetime oil and gas contributions: $167,000.
  • Over the 2019–20 cycle, Vela was the 12th largest recipient of oil and gas money among House Democrats.
  • Fun fact: ExxonMobil was one of his top twenty contributors during the 2019–20 cycle and top fifteen over his career.

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