More than one in four senators is invested in the fossil fuel industry as the Senate strips major climate programs from the reconciliation bill.
No Fossil Fuel Money pledge
After signing the pledge on March 5, Carter violated it by taking at least nine large donations from fossil fuel interests.
Carter has not responded to inquiries from Sludge or the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge and risks having his name removed from the pledge website.
In the race to replace oil and gas ally Cedric Richmond, the leading candidates have their own histories with the industry.
Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) is likely to be the first to abandon the campaign finance pledge, after promising voters before she was elected that “this kind of pay-to-play governance is unacceptable.”
The Joe Kennedy campaign told Sludge it would refund fossil fuel lobbyist donations that violate the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, which Kennedy signed, but it appears it did not follow through.
A lobbyist for natural gas and pipeline companies gave Kennedy the legal maximum contribution, a violation of the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge that Kennedy signed.