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Whitman’s BP connection

Post by Cheryl Tucker on May 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
May 5, 2010 4:49 pm

A caller made a good point about the op-ed we ran today by Christine Todd Whitman in which she argues that the BP oil rig disaster “shouldn’t permanently halt offshore exploration for oil.”

The op-ed noted that Whitman is the former governor of New Jersey, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, president of the Whitman Strategy Group and co-chair of the Republican Leadership Council.

But it left out what the caller thought was an important factoid: that Whitman serves on BP America Inc.’s external advisory board. According to an April 30 article in Newsweek, BP pays Whitman $120,000 a year.

The op-ed came from one of our wire services, Bloomberg News – which should have disclosed Whitman’s BP connection. Her op-ed has gotten wide distribution, so I’d say BP is getting its money’s worth from her.

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