Friday, May 20, 2005

Dang Ferigners!

Oil giant BP -- based overseas -- is stuck with 162 Superfund waste sites in the US. The EPA has already spent $1.1 billion of your tax dollars dealing with BP's mess alone. So what does BP do? They've shelled out $33 million sweet talking and arm twisting with government leaders and representatives to let the taxpayers keep footing a portion of the bill.

BP is one of more than 650 foreign companies now lobbying the US government. All told, they've spent around $650 million lobbying the US government for better treatment, tax breaks, or changes in the law to benefit their business. (Center for Public Integrity)
[Graph courtesy of CPI]

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