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Obama Is Biggest Recipient of BP Money

This the Politico’s is a regurgitation of last week’s report from the Center for Responsive Politics, which got scant coverage from our one party media:

Obama biggest recipient of BP cash

By: Erika Lovley
May 5, 2010

While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they’ve taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.

BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations come from a mix of employees and the company’s political action committees — $2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals.

On top of that, the oil giant has spent millions each year on lobbying — including $15.9 million last year alone — as it has tried to influence energy policy.

During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records.

Well, we now know how Mr. Obama rewards his friends. (Just ask Goldman Sachs.) Unless they can provide him foot soldiers and voter registrations – like ACORN and the unions do.

By the way, this is the same Mr. Obama who decries the influence that corporations may have over elections due to the recent Supreme Court ruling on ‘Campaign Finance Reform.’

In Congress, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who last week cautioned that the incident should “not be used inappropriately” to halt Obama’s push for expansion of offshore drilling, has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of BP’s largesse. Her comments created some blowback, with critics complaining that she is too blasé about the impact of the disaster, even though she was among the first lawmakers to call for a federal investigation into the spill.

As the top congressional recipient in the last cycle and one of the top BP cash recipients of the past two decades, Landrieu banked almost $17,000 from the oil giant in 2008 alone and has lined her war chest with more than $28,000 in BP cash overall…

Environmentalists complain that Landrieu has played down the impact of oil spills…

“They own Mary Landrieu and the rest of the Louisiana delegation,” said Greenpeace Research Director Kert Davies

Was Mr. Davies asked his opinion on Mr. Obama? If not, why not?

Other politicians with ties to coastal states or states with BP refineries have also reaped benefits from the fourth largest company in the world.

The top congressional recipients of BP campaign cash include Republican Rep. Don Young of the oil-intensive Alaska delegation, who has received almost as much as Obama, raking in $73,300 during his congressional tenure. Also on the list is Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), whose state has a BP refinery in Toledo and who has raked in $41,400. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has received $44,899…

Is Illinois an oil state? They have do have one oil refinery, but it is owned by Conoco-Phillips.

In 2008 alone, BP gave $37,000 to members of the House Energy Committee and $106,501 to members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which deals with security issues facing the nation’s oil supply.

BP has also evolved in its corporate giving over the past decade, shifting more money to Democrats. In 2000, the company gave almost 39 percent more to Republicans than to Democrats. But by 2008, Democrats had nearly pulled even with Republicans on BP donations…

Where is the outrage?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Obama Is Biggest Recipient of BP Money”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    I hope Wendell Goler (Fox News) throws this one in Robert Gibbs’ face.
    Gibbs got snippy about Fox interviewing Mike Brown (former FEMA head during Katrina) where Brown hinted that the administration may have helped make the gulf spill worse to have a useful crisis.
    Libs need to be hammered harder than conservatives about being bought-and-paid-for because they take money from the EVIL-GREEDY corporations.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    THIS is the type of change folks were looking for.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Download Rules for Radicals http://www.demonoid.com/files/details/2125213/2325666/

      ~You will learn that there ARE NO rules, it is what you want it to be.

      ~There are no morals.

      ~Either give freely or have it stolen from you.

      ~You are your brother’s keeper, no matter how screwed up and dependent your brother is.

      What a sick manual on how to screw your neighbor, Joseph Goebbels work continues.

  3. confucius says:

    This is how a liberal makes money from oil.

  4. mr_bill says:

    With friends like obama, who needs enemies?

  5. Yarddog1 says:

    My, my – isn’t Little Barry the incestuous one!

  6. canary says:

    The Biological Diversity Org has posted documents claiming Obama exempted BP Drilling’s from an environmental review prior to drilling. Considering BP was up for Safety Award to be given by May 3rd, 2010, cancelled to do the emergency of president Obama’s largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, the BP’s campaign donations can’t be valued, because only Obama considers human lives to have a price tag.

    The Biological Diversity Org. and their documents at link below.

    For Immediate Release, May 5, 2010

    Interior Department Exempted BP Drilling From Environmental Review:

    In Rush to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling, Interior Secretary Salazar Abandoned Pledge to Reform
    Industry-dominated Mineral Management Service

    TUCSON, Ariz.— Ken Salazar’s first pledge as secretary of the interior was to reform the scandal plagued Mineral Management Service (MMS),….
    Yet just three months later, Secretary Salazar allowed the MMS to approve — with no environmental review — the BP drilling operation that exploded on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and pouring millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster will soon be, if it is not already, the worst oil spill in American history.

    BP submitted its drilling plan to the MMS on March 10, 2009. Rather than subject the plan to a detailed environmental review before approving it as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, the agency declared the plan to be “categorically excluded” from environmental analysis

    because it posed virtually no chance of harming the environment. As BP itself pointed out in its April 9, 2010, letter to the Council on Environmental Quality, categorical exclusions are only to be used when a project will have “minimal or nonexistent” environmental impacts.

    MMS issued its one-page approval letter to BP on April 6, 2009….

    Visit the Center’s new Gulf Disaster website for more details: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/gulf_disaster


    The Washington Post quotes Biological Diversity Org

    Does anyone believe Obama and his big oil partners claim, they have no way to measure or track the number of gallons leaking? Sounds like Obama’s math.

    Didn’t they once charge some “white Captain” years ago, that fell asleep on a ship with manslaughter?

    • proreason says:

      There is no way to prevent 100% of accidents when drilling for oil, yet the world has lived with the process for over 100 years, since the alternative is walking rather than riding in cars and buses.

      When something cannot be prevented, the only alternative is to plan for emergencies.

      In this case, that was the responsibility of the Obama administration. Yet the damage assessment and mitigation equipment was not available.

      The problem, therefore, is 100% due to Obama administration incompetance. To repeat…..accidents cannot be 100% prevented, which is the reason that the federal government is obligated to plan for and manage containment. The only blame in this situation is on the federal government.

      And for anyone who disputes that BP isn’t liable, consider that over 40,000 deaths a year happen from automobile accidents annually in the US alone. If the auto manufacturers were held liable for those deaths, there would be no automobiles. Period. Humanity has clearly decided that the value of automobiles is great enough to tolerate a LOT of deaths. So why is the oil industry, which has had very few catastrophes over the years held to a higher standard……other than the fascist/communist/eco-kooks desire to rule the world.

      Now, it may turn out that BP was negligient in some major way, which would mean that they should be liable, but at this point, the one party we KNOW was negligient was the Obamy administration.

    • canary says:

      Pro. I know accidents happen all the time, it’s just good timing to point out Obama promise of better envornment laws was empty. He went as far to stop Shell oil from drilling 2 times last year. And they were given the works on safety checking for safety, being. Then along come BP who gave 16,000,000 to lobbyists, and no examination of the ship took place inspite of all regulations Shell had to meet loop holes, & prove it could contain a leak, and then they let BP not follow any examinations before being awarded and allowed the drilling.
      I don’t think there’s a speech that Obama talks gives every time he opens his mouth, that whatever country leads in environmental controls is the country that will lead the globe in economy, saying it’s the only thing that will save us. His I believe in evolution, global warming, environmental protection b.s. will give him no creditability. And global warmers will feel very betrayed by the hypocrite but support him.

      Where oh where is Al Gore? Too busy having moved into his Malibu ocean front beach $9,000.000. dollar new mansion to help out saving the fishies & air.
      Obama needs to get advice from Sara Palin.

      All that campaign money the politicians received should go towards the clean up too, so they can contribute to the environment in a positive way.

  7. Mithrandir says:

    HOW did Europeans and especially AMERICANS ever get anywhere in history with today’s p**sy, hand-wringing, wimpy attitudes?

    Answer: They didn’t always have these attitudes. Before spineless liberals got in the game, it was FULL STEAM AHEAD! You can’t have an omelet without cracking a few eggs now and then. Lean from the mistake, get over it, and keep moving on!

    Now look at this culture? One oil accident and a tsunami of lawyers run in to change diapers. The president passes the buck faster than a casino, and no doubt new laws will be enacted to constrict anyone from doing anything that would progress industry or humanity ever again.

    Decline of a nation…….

    • Right of the People says:

      Now I know what it is like to live in the decline of a civilization.

  8. proreason says:

    “Decline of a nation…….”


    it’s suicide

  9. angelfire1812 says:

    Without getting into whether the administration’s response has been adequate, we can say that the oil and gas industry leans heavily Republican in its campaign contributions, and the 2008 presidential race was no exception. Republican candidate John McCain and his ticketmate Palin took in nearly three times the amount of money from the industry’s political action committees and employees as did Obama and running mate Joe Biden from industry employees: about $2.4 million compared with $890,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (The Obama presidential campaign did not accept any PAC money.) Obama, however, received about twice as much from British Petroleum’s executives as McCain did: $71,051 compared with $36,649. Neither received money from BP’s PAC.

    Since 1990, oil and gas industry interests have contributed $188.3 million (75 percent) to Republican candidates for federal office and $61.4 million to Democrats (24 percent), the center says.

    • confucius says:


      Perhaps the Democrats are jealous and attempting to even the score. You know, social justice-style.

      And without getting into whether the administration’s response has been shockingly pathetic or amusingly impotent, I’m stunned that the fist-thumping, red-faced, teary-eyed Democrats along with finger-pointing, ass-kicking Obama took any money in the first place.

      Aren’t you?

    • proreason says:

      Maybe the Moron should have made contingency planning for high-risk off-shore drilling he and his idiot allies crammed down America’s throats a high priority of his administration….rather than a $790 billion political payoff to his cronies, cramming a health care system down the throat of the 70% of Americans who specifically oppose it, and bowing and scraping to our enemies whil sticking a thumb in the eyes of our allies.

      In 18 months, $790 billion could have bought a helluva lot of safety and emergency response methods for offshore drilling…..plus it would have created a lot of USEFUL jobs for Americans.

      But he didn’t give a shit about that did he? The Gulf Coast votes Republican.

  10. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I give money to BP on a regular basis, even though the owner of the station/convenience store is a flaming liberal democrat. I also buy from Exxon…..

    I work hard to make sure they get equal patronization from me and I have to keep a logbook to make sure who’s turn it is come fill-up time. And, given that my large truck gets about 11 mpg, I give them both a lot of money.

    It’s my way of making sure they will recognize me as a “loyal” customer.

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