Oil and Gas Companies Donate Big to GOP Super PACs

Chevron, Valero, and Devon Energy were among the largest donors to the super PACs aligned with Mike Johnson and Mitch McConnell last year.

Oil and Gas Companies Donate Big to GOP Super PACs
In an aerial view, the Valero Houston refinery is seen on August 28, 2023 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Oil and gas companies were among the largest donors in the second half of last year to the super PACs aligned with the Republican leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, according to a pair of new filings with the Federal Election Commission.

Companies including Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and Devon Energy, as well as oil and gas trade associations, donated a combined $13,895,000 to the congressional Republican-supporting groups during the period beginning July 1, 2023 and ending on December 31, 2023. 

The groups that received the donations are the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), which is aligned with Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-La.), and the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), which is aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). CLF and SLF are the largest pro-Republican super PACs, spending hundreds of millions each election cycle on ads and voter outreach campaigns to oppose Democratic candidates and support Republicans. Unlike most PACs and campaign groups, CLF and SLF can take donations of unlimited size from corporations because they only make expenditures independently from candidates. The oil and gas donations to SLF and CLF came directly from the companies’ treasuries, rather than from PACs that must be funded by individual donors.