Surprise: Obama’s taken more money from major oil company employees than McCain; Update: New logo added

posted at 5:32 pm on August 7, 2008 by Allahpundit

You’re thinking, “We already knew this, didn’t we?” Not exactly. What we knew is that Obama’s prone to running weaselly, holier-than-thou ads about his opponents being in the tank for big oil even though he himself is rolling in dough from oil company employees. He tried it on Hillary in the primary and got a care package from FactCheck.org and a 30-second rebuttal ad from the Clinton campaign for his trouble. As Ed once said when writing about some of the fundraisers organized for him by oil executives, “Obama lies about this in a particularly bald manner.” Which brings us to McCain, whose running mate this year is the Exxon Corporation if the DNC is to be believed. Maverick does take more oil money than Obama does overall (three times as much, although the two were roughly even last year per CRP’s graph), but the walls of the house from which The One casts his stones are glassier than he’d have you believe:

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. McCain leads the money race with nearly every other top giver in the oil and gas industry, though — Koch Industries, Valero, Marathon Oil, Occidental Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, the list goes on. (You can see detail on all these companies in the spreadsheet linked below.) McCain also has a big edge with Hess Corp. — $91,000 to Obama’s $8,000 — which has gotten some attention. And, overall, McCain’s campaign has gotten three times more money from the industry than Obama’s has — $1.3 million compared to about $394,000.

Comparing Obama’s and McCain’s financial ties to the oil industry, there’s no question that McCain has benefited more from the industry’s contributions, just as his Republican Party has for years and years. But Obama’s edge with the oil producers Americans know best — and might be cursing most these days — makes it harder for him to continue to tar McCain as the industry’s darling.

CRP speculates that at least part of the spike in oil contributions to McCain this year derives from him coming around to a position that 69 percent of the public supports. Exit question via McCain himself, speaking at a town hall today in Ohio: If he’s such a tool of the oil industry, why did he vote against the 2005 energy bill that gave billions in handouts to oil companies while Obama voted for it? Surely Maverick’s not suggesting that The One is comfortable with special interests, is he?

Update: Geraghty flags a nifty microcosm of Obama’s hypocrisy on this subject. He wants to run ads attacking oil companies … with help from gas-station owners.

Update: Jeff Dobbs adds a dollop of nuance to the Exxon logo.


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What a shifty piece of crap.

marklmail on August 7, 2008 at 5:34 PM

What a shifty piece of crap.

marklmail on August 7, 2008 at 5:34 PM

I misread that and thought you were being redundant…

warrenmr on August 7, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Besides people who currently work for oil companies, how does Obama think the Getty’s paid for the mansion where he holds fundraisers in SF?

BuzzCrutcher on August 7, 2008 at 5:36 PM

If something doesn’t make a sound in the mainstream media….is it really in the forest?

bridgetown on August 7, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Why would anyone working for an oil company contribute to Obama’s campaign? Do these people WANT to lose their jobs? Same moronic attitude as union workers. Cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

DerKrieger on August 7, 2008 at 5:38 PM

“Obama lies about this in a particularly bald manner.”

It’s about time we used the correct words. “Obama lies”

It’s not spelled “revised”.

AnthonyK on August 7, 2008 at 5:40 PM

I think its racist to make a point that a black man is taking oil money, when that wrinkled old guy is also taking money….

originalpechanga on August 7, 2008 at 5:40 PM

The price of gasoline/gallon in Berlin today is $9.40.

Beware where Mr. Obama draws inspiration from, and who the lobbyists will be.

Also, he has no record whatsoever of being a reformer. None.

Entelechy on August 7, 2008 at 5:42 PM

I should have explained that the Germans buy the oil on the same markets we do, and the difference in price is all taxes.

Entelechy on August 7, 2008 at 5:43 PM

It’s very hard to compete with liberal fundraising at the highroller level. The Dems just throw better parties.

RBMN on August 7, 2008 at 5:44 PM

overall, McCain’s campaign has gotten three times more money from the industry than Obama’s has — $1.3 million compared to about $394,000

Huh?

alphie on August 7, 2008 at 5:48 PM

What a crappy piece of shift.

carbon_footprint on August 7, 2008 at 5:50 PM

alphie on August 7, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Obama’s gotten more from “the oil producers Americans know best — and might be cursing most these days”. In other words, McCain gets more money overall from the industry, but Obama gets more from the major companies Democrats like to demonize on a daily basis.

amerpundit on August 7, 2008 at 5:54 PM

“Obama’s taken more money from major oil company employees than McCain.”

Hey, bub. That’s a very racist thing to say.

locomotivebreath1901 on August 7, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Haha, amer,

Talk about “truthiness.”

McCain’s taken 3 times as much money from the oil industry as McCain, but…

alphie on August 7, 2008 at 5:56 PM

And I thought he walked on water, maybe he was walking on oil the whole time.

roux on August 7, 2008 at 5:56 PM

alphie on August 7, 2008 at 5:56 PM

But Obama’s received more from the same exact oil companies Democrats are currently demonizing and associating with McCain.

amerpundit on August 7, 2008 at 5:57 PM

I’m sorry, where is the suprise?

Of course “THE ONE” get money from Big Oil. Don’t you all know that you must TITHE to “The Messiah“? Shame on all of you for not knowing or doing this!!!!

azcop on August 7, 2008 at 5:59 PM

This comment from the piece Allah cites for this stories data makes a lot of sense:

It’s not that the big producers are favoring Obama and the others McCain, it’s the big foreign producers are favoring Obama and the domestic producers are favoring McCain. Large foreign producers can just sell their oil on the international market if Obama institutes a windfall profits tax but the domestic producers who would be hurt by the tax cannot.

Buy Danish on August 7, 2008 at 5:59 PM

He isn’t taking donations from Big Oil. They are simply giving him donations. /s

The Obamanian Express has got to be stopped!

coldwarrior on August 7, 2008 at 6:02 PM

Seems like we’re basing this on the idea that Hess Oil, one of the biggest corporations in the world, doesn’t count as “big oil.”

alphie on August 7, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Little Oil loves McCain, Big Oil has a crush on Obama. Fun, fun, fun!

Seixon on August 7, 2008 at 6:17 PM

Update: Geraghty flags a nifty microcosm of Obama’s hypocrisy on this subject. He wants to run ads attacking oil companies … with help from gas-station owners.

Oh man they should have run those ads! Can you imagine listening to Obama while the numbers whiz buy during your $60 fill up? That would have been good for another 5% rise in the polls for McCain!

TheBigOldDog on August 7, 2008 at 6:17 PM

I’d say “pot meet kettle” but I recall somewhere that that is a racist phrase now. I’ll just say “Hypocrite!”

Rational Thought on August 7, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Pay no attention to those oil men behind the curtain, I AM THE GREAT AND POWERFUL WIZARD OF OBAMA!

Tantor on August 7, 2008 at 6:23 PM

This comment from the piece Allah cites for this stories data makes a lot of sense:

It’s not that the big producers are favoring Obama and the others McCain, it’s the big foreign producers are favoring Obama and the domestic producers are favoring McCain. Large foreign producers can just sell their oil on the international market if Obama institutes a windfall profits tax but the domestic producers who would be hurt by the tax cannot.

Buy Danish on August 7, 2008 at 5:59 PM

Ding…ding…ding… What do you think other businesses are going to do when a windfall tax is implemented? Business will go overseas and who will be left to pay the tax? Those of us with a 401K.

Les in NC on August 7, 2008 at 6:31 PM

I can understand Team Obama’s frustration with the rejection, but it takes a lot of nerve — or perhaps arrogance — to ask a small businessman to run advertising that essentially says, “my suppliers are a bunch of greedy jerks.”

NRO Campaign Spot – Jim Geraghty

I’m like a one-trick pony, but I can’t help it. Jim considered the possibility that Obama is either arrogant (duh) or full of nerve. Why doesn’t anyone ever consider the obvious – that he’s an idiot?

Jaibones on August 7, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Seems like we’re basing this on the idea that Hess Oil, one of the biggest corporations in the world, doesn’t count as “big oil.”
alphie on August 7, 2008 at 6:10 PM

It also seems as though Obama supporters can’t admit their guy is showing a wee bit of hypocrisy by taking oil money while criticizing McCain for…taking oil money.

Slublog on August 7, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Slublog, you bad, you, remember alphie is a Ronald Reagan Republican.

Entelechy on August 7, 2008 at 6:40 PM

Slublog, you bad, you, remember alphie is a Ronald Reagan Republican.
Entelechy on August 7, 2008 at 6:40 PM

Mea maxima culpa. All that talk of “truthiness” must have gotten me flummoxed.

Slublog on August 7, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Seems like we’re basing this on the idea that Hess Oil, one of the biggest corporations in the world, doesn’t count as “big oil.”

alphie on August 7, 2008 at 6:10 PM

You are a special kind of stupid, aren’t you? 30 second Google Search: World’s Largest Corporations (CNN)

1. Wal-Mart
2. Exxon
3. Royal Dutch Shell
6. Chevron
10. Conoco Phillips
25. China National Petroleum
42. Pemex
47. Gazprom
49. Valero Energy
59. Statoil Hydro
63. Petrobras
90. Lukoil
108. Marathon Oil
116. Indian Oil
117. Nippon Oil
203. Rosneft Oil
240. Hess Oil

Any other stupid quips, Alf?

Jaibones on August 7, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Me too, Entelechy. I get stuck in this mode:

Obama > arrogant > nervy > … stupid?

His supporters > Reagan Republicans > Truthers > … stupid?

Jaibones on August 7, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Jaibones on August 7, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Bravo

Les in NC on August 7, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Now let’s see how much Obama has taken from Big Ethanol, a/k/a Archer Daniels Midland. That company is far bigger than Hess Oil or Marathon Oil.

rockmom on August 7, 2008 at 8:18 PM

Surprise: Obama’s taken more money from major oil company employees than McCain; Update: New logo added

Well that explains that. No wonder OBLAHBLAH wants us to inflate our tires. He’s been paid off to keep gas prices high!

byteshredder on August 7, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Number 240 out of a few hundred million, Jai?

alphie on August 7, 2008 at 8:47 PM

This is not the Exxon that Obama thought he knew.

And he is very happy about it.

NCC on August 7, 2008 at 8:55 PM

OBAMA DRINKS YOUR MILKSHAKE!

BDavis on August 7, 2008 at 10:23 PM

The commenters in the OpenSecrets link are pretty pissed.

Ortzinator on August 7, 2008 at 10:38 PM

Number 240 out of a few hundred million, Jai?

alphie on August 7, 2008 at 8:47 PM

The story is about contributions from “OIL COMPNIES” you dweeb. #240 is way down the list.

brtex on August 8, 2008 at 10:56 AM

COMPNIES = COMPANIES

brtex on August 8, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Very nicely done, Jaibones.

It’s tough to argue against the facts, so we’ll just shift the goalposts and count the top 250 companies as ‘big’.

BadgerHawk on August 8, 2008 at 12:10 PM

His first act as president would be a speach announcing a massive new drilling program that he always supported. At least gas prices might come down.

Blacksoda on August 8, 2008 at 2:16 PM