August 7, 2008


Exxon [Hearts] Obama (Jake Tapper, August 07, 2008, ABC NEWS: Political Punch)

As we close up a week wherein Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, on the stump and in a TV ad accused rival Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., of being "in the pocket of big oil," and doing the industry's bidding -- not to mention a week during which the Democratic National Committee launched an Exxon-McCain '08 website to drive home this Democratic talking point -- the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics points out that the issue is a bit more complicated than it first would appear.

McCain has received three times more money from the oil industry in general -- $1.3 million for McCain compared to approximately $394,000 for Obama. But that said, Obama has received more campaign cash than McCain has from the employees of some of the biggest oil companies -- Exxon, Chevron and BP.

This might seem to complicate Obama's continual use of Exxon-Mobil on the stump.

He wasn't going to be able to make the argument that Senator McCain-Feingold is the candidate of special interests even if it was a straightforward case.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 7, 2008 4:22 PM
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