James C. Flores
Flores is a board member of Vulcan Energy Corp., McMoRan Exploration, America's Natural Gas Alliance, and a member of the Natural Petroleum Council.
Flores was chairman and CEO of Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP) before it was acquired by Freeport-McMoRan in 2013.
Flores was paid $3,065,985 in 2013.
He is a graduate of LSU's E. J. Ourso College of Business.
While Flores was the CEO of PXP, the company paid company board member Dr. Charles "Chip" Groat $400,000, the same year that Groat conducted a fracking impact study for the University of Texas Austin's Energy Institute. The region Groat studied was being actively drilled by the company. In early 2012, Groat made headlines when he claimed there was no proof linking fracking and groundwater contamination.
During the 2011-2012 election cycle Flores made over $350,000 in federal contributions, including over $60,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.