According to the Center for Responsive Politics' review of a monthly campaign finance report filed today with the Federal Election Commission Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas), a member of the House Energy Committee, was the sole federal beneficiary of BP's PAC between May 1 and May 31.
Why would BP be contributing to a Democrat on the Energy Committee? Because Democrats have been in control of Congress since 2007. Now there is also a Democrat in the Oval Office. Contributing to Democrats makes good financial sense. Just as when BP spent all that money contributing to the campaign of Barack Obama against John McCain.
The first rule in politics? It's all about winning. It's as simple as that. Remember that the Deepwater Horizon blew up on April 20. Also from the article: BP's prowess extends beyond political contributions. In 2009, the company was one of the biggest spenders on federal lobbying, investing nearly $16 million to ensure its voice was heard. That amount was nearly three-and-a-half times as much as it spent on federal lobbying activities two years earlier