If you’re wondering why some members of the GOP are fighting so hard to keep billions of dollars flowing to the oil industry every year in the form of government subsidies and tax breaks, the answer goes far beyond campaign donations. Some of those fighting to keep subsidies in place, like Tea Party favorite Paul Ryan, actually get some of that subsidy money put back in their own pockets.

 

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced