Pickens: Money Misspent on Senate

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T. Boone Pickens, founder of BP Capital LLC.

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens says he’s “fed up” with Washington.He recalls one of his greatest victories as once getting Republican Senator Tom Coburn to sign off on an energy proposal that included a natural gas user-fee.

“He wouldn’t pay a dime to see a piss-ant eat a bale of hay,” Pickens said of the Oklahoma Republican during an energy discussion at the Bloomberg Link site at the Republican National Convention. “He won’t pay for a damn thing.”

Pickens bemoaned the fact that several years ago he could get just six of 51 Senate Republicans to support his natural gas amendment — “after all the money I’ve spent on the Republican Party.”

“But it sure fixed it,” Pickens said. “I quit spending money on those guys.”

Pickens said he’s staying away from D.C.

“I’ve got other things to do and I’m running out of time,” said Pickens, 84.

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