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Tell BP to Stop Spending on Lobbyists

The president should call for BP to abandon the public relations and lobbying push and focus on taking responsibility for cleaning up the disaster and compensating those affected.

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Last week, the Center for American Progress urged the president to take several dramatic steps to respond to the crisis in the gulf. One of these was to stop BP, Transocean, and Halliburton from spending millions of dollars on their own or American Petroleum Institute lobbyists, ads, or campaign contributions, and instead dedicate all funds to clean up and compensation. Today, The Washington Post reports that the number of lobbyists retained by BP is growing.

The president should call for BP to abandon its spending on the public relations and lobbying push and instead use these funds to focus on taking responsibility for cleaning up the disaster and compensating those affected by it.

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