Talk about unfortunate timing. Just as conservatives in Congress shamelessly announced their latest "drill everywhere" energy plan on the steps of the Capitol yesterday, a major oil spill closed down part of the Mississippi River. The dissonance was probably easier because they weren't present in a packed hearing room just a few hours earlier, where a victim of the worst oil spill in U.S. history delivered emotional testimony about the damage that oil companies' bottom-line-driven recklessness has done to the livelihood of 32,000 Americans -- and by extension of some legal sleight-of-hand, to the Constitution.......(truncated)
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 Has Raised More Than $2.1 Million From The Oil And Gas Industry, Including More Than $1.1 Million In The Month Of June. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, John McCain received $1,039,768 in contributions from the oil and gas industry between January 2007 and May 2008—a figure which dwarfs any other presidential candidates’ oil industry money. In addition, the Washington Post reported that “campaign contributions from oil industry executives to Sen. John McCain rose dramatically in the last half of June, after the senator from Arizona made a high-profile split with environmentalists and reversed his opposition to the federal ban on offshore drilling.”
What the hell are you arguing? I've acknowledged that McCain has received more from the industry as a whole in my initial post. In fact, I've never argued against the *fact* that McCain has received more from the industry as a whole.
I'm through with this thread.
Originally posted by vor78
reply to post by Andrew E. Wiggin
Its because I think you're only half right.
On the point concerning the industry as a whole, yes, McCain has received more as a whole.
Why does one entity make a difference? Its big oil, not exxon. Exxon has record profits, true. But big oil as a whole? If they can donate a few million to one man (mccain) why do they need those government subsidies?
I'm simply not convinced about Exxon Mobil specifically. I think I'm just in an argumentative mood this morning. At this point, I'd rather just drop it.
i've been asking that for 3 posts now
Truth be told, I don't know why I'm even bothering with the subject.
I honestly don't care which of them receives more. They're both backed by major industries of one type or another, so its a case of picking your poison.