Last week the attention-starved new Pennsylvania chapter of the League of Conservation Voters (Conservation Voters of PA) issued a pipsqueaky press release calling for Tom Corbett, the GOP candidate for governor, to return a contribution from Anadarko Petroleum, because the company owns 25 percent of the destroyed oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and has not (yet) ponied up for cleanup efforts — so they say. Surprisingly, today the Philadelphia Inquirer took the bait and asked Corbett about the contribution:
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett said Wednesday he had no plans to comply with a request by an environmental group to return a $3,000 campaign contribution he received May 13 from a part-owner of the deepwater well that is billowing oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
How transparent is it? Anadarko gave Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter $10,000 for his primary campaign against Joe Sestak, which CVPA acknowledged! Yet the voter advocacy group did not call for the soon-to-be-former senator to return his donation. Nor has it asked its fellow environmental activist group, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (or PennFuture), to return the $40,000 it received from BP between 2005 and 2007.
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