Rep. Bob Gibbs' Mining Witnesses Represent $14,400 In Campaign Donations

May 05, 2011 11:02 am ET — Matt Gertz

Rep. Bob Gibbs

Today, Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) will convene a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's so-called "assault on Appalachian jobs" in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. The hearing will target the EPA's supposed "heavy-handed regulatory approach."

In what we're sure is a total coincidence, the freshman representative received $108,959 from the mining industry in his last campaign, the most money he received from any industry at more than 9 percent of his total receipts. Gibbs has also stocked today's hearing with donors whose employers have provided him with $14,400 in campaign contributions.

Gibbs has invited Michael Garder, general counsel at the coal mining company Oxford Resource Partners, to testify. Oxford employees donated $10,400 during Gibbs' last campaign, his fifth largest source of contributions. That figure includes $2,800 from President and CEO Charles Ungurean; $2,400 from Senior Vice President Thomas Ungurean; $500 from Senior Vice President Jeffrey Gutman; and $500 from Senior Vice President Gregory Honish. Gibbs was even welcomed at an Oxford mine for a campaign event.

Gibbs has also tapped Harold Quinn, president of the National Mining Association, to testify. NMA's political action sent Gibbs $4,000 during his last election.

Gibbs may be new to Washington, but it looks like he's fitting right in with his GOP colleagues.