Last week Google upset environmental groups when it feted one of the Senate’s most conservative Republicans, Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe. A day later, he began raising money off their protests and Google’s support.
Inhofe, who has called global warming a hoax and said birthers “have a point,” sent an email blast to campaign supporters Friday afternoon highlighting the more than $700 million Google has invested in his state and the company’s support for him.
“Join our fundraiser and upset the environmentalists by donating $25,” Inhofe’s campaign wrote below a photo of a dozen protesters holding signs outside of the Internet giant’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, where the fundraiser—with tickets costing up to $2,500—was held.
Google has drawn the ire of environmental groups for its support of Inhofe and other Republicans, which the groups contend put the company in violation of its “Don’t Be Evil” corporate mantra.
A spokesperson for Inhofe did not immediately return a request for comment.
The full email is below: