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Broke the Koch Brothers' Takeover of America
What You Should Know / June 19, 2010 -- BP chief executive Tony Hayward and his oil industry colleagues, looking for friends on Capitol Hill, are almost certain to find one from Kansas when the Senate convenes next year.The state’s next senator is widely expected to be either Rep. Todd Tiahrt or Rep. Jerry Moran, now locked in a tough race for the GOP nomination. Each has been a consistent vote for oil and gas industry interests — supporting oil exploration subsidies and expansion while opposing Democratic plans to subsidize alternative energy sources....Since his election to Congress in 1994, Tiahrt has raised $618,773, including $79,800 in this election cycle, from oil and gas interests, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Of the overall total, more than half — $312,353 — has come from individuals and political action committees related to Koch Industries of Wichita, one of the largest private energy companies in the world.

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