Last week, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, republican of the Fourth District, revealed that she is a birther who has "a lot of doubts" about President Obama's birth certificate. In that same townhall in Sedalia, Hartzler was also asked about tax breaks for Big Oil. Given that the top five oil companies have seen their profits explode over the last few years as everyday Americans continue to struggle with an economy that seems to only work for the 1%, there's been increasing discussion over whether or not to eliminate tax breaks for Big Oil and ensure that they are paying their fair share.
CITIZEN QUESTION: “How do you and other House Republicans justify continual tax breaks of $5 billion per year for oil companies when they had combined profits of $170 billion in 2011? Is this possibly a payback [unintelligible]?
VICKY HARTZLER: “Well, first of all, I’ve never gotten any money from any oil companies so that doesn’t affect me, that question, that last implication. It doesn’t have anything to do with that.”
Well, that's not entirely true. Hartzler has received plenty of money from oil companies. Over the course of her career, Hartzler has received $36,850 from the Oil & Gas industry, and just last month she received $5,000 from Exxon Mobile - one of the most profitable oil companies in the world. She's also received $1,000 from Koch industries, a conglomerate heavely involved in oil, gas and chemical production.
Who knew that "never getting any money from oil companies" meant receiving tens of thousands of dollars?