BP Funding Tea Party's Climate Change Deniers
Big polluters give $240K to Senate campaigns
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Oct 25, 2010 3:47 AM CDT
Updated Oct 25, 2010 7:38 AM CDT
James Inhofe, climate change denier.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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(Newser) – Big-time big-polluting European firms are funding the Tea Party's climate change deniers, finds the Guardian. The paper discovered that 80% of campaign donations from major European firms like BP and Bayer went to politicians opposed to action on climate change. Recipients include Tea Party-backed incumbents Jim DeMint and James Inhofe.

European companies have collectively given $240,200 to conservative Senate candidates, which, the paper notes, is more than the $217,000 major Tea Party US bankrollers, David and Charles Koch have donated to Senate campaigns.The single biggest donor was Bayer, which gave $118,00 to US senate races, followed by $25,000 from BP. (Click here to read about the Tea Party's take on global warming.)