With Barack Obama, you have to be careful with the facts. You
see, he and his factually impaired friends at the DNC, insist that
John McCain is the candidate of Big Oil. But perhaps the finger
ought to be pointed another way…
First, of all, John McCain makes the point most clearly. It is
Barack Obama who voted for George Bush’s energy bill and the
disgusting Farm Bill, not John McCain, who voted against both.
Today, McCain said:
Now, I want to take a minute here on this issue, because I think
Senator Obama is a little confused. Yesterday he accused me
of having President Bush’s policies on energy. That’s odd, because
he voted for the President’s energy bill and I voted against it. I
voted against it because it had 2.8 billion dollars in corporate
welfare to oil companies that are already making record
profits. Senator Obama voted for that bill and its big oil
giveaways. I know he hasn’t been in the Senate that long, but even
in the real world voting for something means you support it, and
voting against something means you oppose it.
Jake Tapper noticed this today and wrote
a story entitled “Exxon [Hearts] Obama”.
That right-wing organization, the
Center for Responsive Politics, gives the details:
CRP was surprised to notice that it’s actually Obama who has
received more from the pockets of employees at several of Big Oil’s
biggest and most recognizable companies. Tallying contributions by
employees in the industry and their families, we found that Exxon,
Chevron and BP have all contributed more money to Obama than to
Through June, Exxon employees have given Obama $42,100 to
McCain’s $35,166. Chevron favors Obama $35,157 to $28,500, and
Obama edges out McCain with BP $16,046 vs. $11,500.
Not only oil companies that seem to prefer Obama. I was trading
emails with a friend who is now lobbying for the ethanol industry.
What did he say?
Right now I’m lobbying for ethanol, and the industry is
generally supporting Obama.
So remind me why Barack Obama is talking about John McCain being
in the pockets of “Big Oil” and the energy lobby when he voted for
their corporate welfare, he is getting their money, and the corrupt
ethanol industry is working for him?