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BP Hooks Up With Tea Party

Oh, look who else is funding the midterms: European companies such as BP and Bayer are funneling cash to the campaigns of U.S. politicians against climate policy—especially Tea Party favorites. According to a report from the European watchdog group Climate Action Network Europe (CANE), 80 percent of European companies’ campaign contributions went to candidates like Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe, who is well-known for his remarks that climate change is a hoax. In a report set to release tomorrow, CANE stated that "the European companies are funding almost exclusively Senate candidates who have been outspoken in their opposition to comprehensive climate policy in the U.S. and candidates who actively deny the scientific consensus that climate change is happening and is caused by people." Bayer has given the single largest donation of $108,000.