Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 5 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
General News    H3'ed 6/9/10

BP sponsors bash to honor Blanche Lincoln

By Mike Madden  Posted by Mary MacElveen (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   3 comments
Message Mary MacElveen

WASHINGTON -- The timing for the annual Women in Government Relations "spring soiree" could probably be a little better -- as the group gathers at Washington's Union Station Thursday night, one of its gala's "major sponsors," BP America, is busy spilling more than 200,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for the 17th day in a row.

Which could make for a particularly awkward evening for Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., who's set to receive an award from the group at the dinner. Especially since the League of Conservation Voters, which has endorsed Lincoln's primary opponent Bill Halter, picked Thursday to call on Lincoln to return the $19,000 she has gotten from BP and its employees since 1989. Lincoln supports offshore oil drilling, which environmental activists were opposed to even before the spill.

Lincoln's campaign didn't immediately respond to a question about the BP campaign cash. Other oil companies are also sponsors of the gala Thursday, including Shell and ConocoPhillips, which also drill off the Gulf Coast.

Halter aides, meanwhile, say they don't think he would accept money from BP, and that he wants to wait and see what caused the spill before deciding whether to support expanded offshore oil exploration. Which isn't exactly a ringing repudiation of Big Oil. Halter apparently didn't even have a firm position on drilling before this spill. But hey -- at least he's not spending his Thursday night mingling with BP lobbyists in Washington.

Must Read 1   News 1   Valuable 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Mary MacElveen Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

I am a writer who currently writes pieces for my own blog I have been published by, and I was a guest on the Jay Diamond Radio Show on WRKO in Boston and have (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact EditorContact Editor
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Sarah Palin and the prank call: The GOP's self-inflicted November surprise

The $780 billion stimulus bill can be paid down if we legalized marijuana

Are Rod Blagojevich's sixth amendment constitutional rights being violated?

Nadya Suleman is a one woman mini-bailout: Taxpayers may bear the cost

Is John McCain's quest for the presidency effectively over?

Glenn Marcus: When a sexual predator is set free on a technicality

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend