Barton’s Top Campaign Contributor Is Implicated In Gulf Oil Disaster

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It’s well-known that Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the congressman who made headlines today for apologizing to BP for the “$20 billion shakedown” of the new escrow account, has been drenched in oil and gas industry money for years.

But here’s a nice catch by 538:Barton’s number one career campaign contributor, Anadarko Petroleum, has 25% ownership in the well where the April 20 rig explosion occurred.

The firm, which has given Barton $146,500 over the years, has been sent a bill by BP for cleanup costs.

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