Fiorina: I Won't Accept $$ From BP Employees

Thursday, Jun 17, 2010  |  Updated 3:15 PM PDT
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GOP U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina clarified Thursday afternoon that she will not accept contributions from BP employees or political action committees in the wake of the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The statement from campaign representative Julie Soderlund came after Fiorina said earlier in the day in Sacramento that she had not decided how to handle such contributions.

"We review contributions on a case-by-case basis," Soderlund said. "In light of recent events, we would not accept any contributions from BP moving forward because their resources are better directed toward the disaster in the Gulf."

When earlier asked by KCRA in Sacramento about whether she would take money from BP workers, Fiorina said, "Well, I don't usually decide theoretical issues. I tend to make decisions when I need to make 'em, and that's a hypothetical."

Fiorina, who spoke during a tour of a south Sacramento electrical contracting business, was also highly critical of BP for how the company has handled the Gulf spill, which ranks as the nation's worst.

Fiorina said BP must be held accountable for the effects of the spill, adding that she supports creation of a fund to help Gulf-area residents. She also criticized President Barack Obama for not putting enough emphasis on cleanup.

Fiorina is running for the seat held by incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer.

Also on Thursday, BP chief executive Tony Hayward insisted he was "devastated with this accident" in the Gulf and denied shunning tough questions from Congress.

BP on Wednesday agreed to pay for a $20 billion victims' compensation fund.

KCRA contributed to this report.

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