Who is the Democratic Senator Cosponsoring the Dirty Air Act?

As Cameron posted yesterday, speculation is heating up that Jim Webb is in fact the Democrat cosponsoring Lisa Murkowski’s Dirty Air Act. But the sad fact of the matter is that there are at least four other Democratic Senators with enough polluter money in their pockets that they must be on the shortlist as well.

To back up a bit: A spokesman for Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski’s recently claimed that Murkowski has secured a Democratic cosponsor for her Dirty Air Act (aka the Murkowski amendment), and Kate Sheppard, an investigative reporter from Mother Jones, speculated that five Democrats were the most likely to have partnered with her on the amendment because of the money they have taken from the lobbying clients of Jeffrey Holmstead and Roger Martella, the DC influence-peddlers accused of funneling campaign cash to Senator Murkowski at the same time that they were pushing for and helping write the “Dirty Air Act.”

Those Democratic Senators are:

· Mary Landrieu of Louisiana
Since 1997, Senator Mary Landrieu has directly received $152,668 from these two lobbyists, their firms, their climate legislation clients, their PACs and employees.

· Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas
Since 1997, Senator Blanche Lincoln, who is the Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and has jurisdiction over clean energy legislation moving through the Senate, has directly received $139,766 from these two lobbyists, their firms, their climate legislation clients, their PACs and employees.

· Jim Webb of Virginia
Since 2005, Senator Jim Webb has directly received $25,700 from these two lobbyists, their firms, their climate legislation clients, their PACs and employees.

· Byron Dorgan of North Dakota
Since 1997, Senator Byron Dorgan has directly received $119,446 from these two lobbyists, their firms, their climate legislation clients, their PACs and employees.

· Ben Nelson of Nebraska
Since 1997, Senator Ben Nelson has directly received $65,770 from these two lobbyists, their firms, their climate legislation clients, their PACs and employees.

All told, these five Senators have directly received $503,350 since 1997. Greenpeace put out a report on the donations accepted by these Democratic Senators, you can read that here.

We can’t let polluter lobbyists and their allies in Congress gut the Clean Air Act. Take action now to tell your Senator to vote NO on the Murkowski amendment.

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