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Obama, Big Oil and the Sin of Omission.

April 2nd, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

FactCheck sheds some light on Obama’s deeply misleading claims related to oil companies and his campaign’s funding:

Obama: I don’t take money from oil companies or Washington lobbyists, and I won’t let them block change anymore.

It’s true that Obama doesn’t take money directly from oil companies, but then, no presidential, House or Senate candidate does. They can’t: Corporations have been prohibited from contributing directly to federal candidates since the Tillman Act became law in 1907.

Obama has, however, accepted more than $213,000 in contributions from individuals who work for, or whose spouses work for, companies in the oil and gas industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s not as much as Sen. Hillary Clinton, who has received more than $306,000 in donations from people tied to the industry, but it’s still a substantial amount.

So, let’s see if we can’t rework his statement to make it anywhere close to honest:

Like all candidates from all parties, I don’t take money directly from oil companies because that would be illegal. Whenever possible, I don’t take money directly from Washington lobbyists either, but I DO take shitloads of money from their spouses, friends and families.

While it’s sure to make them feel like they’ve wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to my campaign, I’m going to say that - at least for now - I won’t let them block change anymore. This may change, though.

Check back with me if I win in November.

MUCH better.


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