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Representative Joe Barton of Texas is the ranking Republican member of the House Energy Committee. If Republicans take back the House in November, Rep. Barton will have a major voice in America's energy policy. That matters, because Rep. Barton is plainly in hock to the oil industry. At a hearing on the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Rep. Barton apologized to BP, saying:

I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown. In this case a $20 billion shakedown.
After a series of tense conversations with GOP leadership, Rep. Barton apologized for his apology. Then, when Joe realized he wouldn't be stripped of his rank on the energy committee, he retracted the second apology. Confused? So are we. But the reasons behind Rep. Barton's affection for the oil industry are hardly confusing: he's received $1.5M in campaign donations from oil companies, and he owns an awful lot of BP stock.

Our future doesn't have to resemble Joe Barton's corporate copout. At ActBlue, we're hard at work providing Democratic leaders with a way to raise money that doesn't leave them indebted to powerful interests, and teaches them to rely on the American people for funding. And we practice what we preach; our coffers are filled by $15 recurring contributions from ActBlue users who understand the importance of the alternative we provide.

Joe Barton's apology-go-round hints at a truth about the Republicans in Washington: they're happy to side with corporate interests over the needs of the American people. Thousands of families and livelihoods have been ruined by worst oil spill in American history, but the man who may shape America's energy policy come November was clearly more interested in apologizing to the people who caused it than the people who've suffered.

It doesn't have to be that way; ActBlue gives you the power to shape a better future for our country and puts you on equal footing with the corporations that give Joe Barton his marching orders. If you think that's a future worth fighting for, then please:

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