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 McCain.
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?