Ryan Lees

Considering this, BP has seemingly made a political donation; something for Obama to dole out as Robin Hood; something to take from one and give to another. Nobody knows who will get the money or the standards for a valid claim. We only know that $20 billion is waiting for the administration to give away to those they feel deserve it. Compared to this, the money Obama’s campaign took in from BP is dwarfed. And now Feinberg is asking for $34 billion more.

It is too late to scream: “Do not do this. Do not continue down this road!” BP already promised the money. The bottom-line: the administration will disburse monies (a lot) to voters; no questions so far asked. Fienberg keeps stressing the need to get this money out quicker; perhaps to beat an election cycle? No matter how you look at it, Obama was granted $20 billion to distribute in southern, Republican states at his will: The largest political contribution in U.S. History.

Though too late for BP, there is still a broader hope. Feinberg is encouraging claimants to avoid the civil process and work directly with the BP Escrow Fund. He wants voters to eat out of their hands (sounds familiar), not pursue restitution through the legal process. What can you do? Don’t take their money.

No matter the mistakes or ill-intent of BP (to get them out of trouble by paying off a political machine), the citizens still hold the ultimate power. They must pursue their claims through the courts, guarantee a neutral oversight – a federal judge – and disallow the Obama administration from buying them off with somebody else’s money.

Ryan Lees

Ryan Lees is the Director of Media Outreach and a Program Coordinator at the Patrick Henry Center.