While the presidential candidates wax poetic about alternative energy, climate change, reducing emissions, and health care, we’ve been digging up the truth. Here’s the dirt: each of the frontrunners—both Dems and GOPs—accepted sizable contributions from oil companies.
It may seem like some of the candidates are seeing green, but, in fact, most have dollar signs in their eyes. OilChange International has taken contribution data and graphed the candidates according to how much cash they’ve culled from oily sources.
The slimiest candidate of all? Former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, who received $550,608 from oil companies. Ironic, I think, seeing as he governed over the city that upholds the nation’s finest public transit system, and where cars are about as useful as a Billyburg hipster who uses his mother’s bank account to buy booze and black Converse. (But, then again, that’s another irony, altogether.)
Here’s the word from our friends at EnviroWonk:
Close behind is former front-runner Mitt Romney, who received $336,783 in contributions. McCain is fourth among candidates, while Huckabee is last, behind even the Democrats.
Hilary Clinton is top among the democrats, with $223,350. Love Clinton? Well, maybe you can take minor comfort in the fact that despite coming in a healthy sixth with $106,112, current democratic front-runner Barack Obama received Exxon’s top contribution ($15,150).
Oil Change International, whose mission is to "separate oil and state," also provides oil-money graphs for previous elections. You can see, for example, just how much the Bushes love their oil (and how much it loves them back).
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