Obama Took $345,000 + From Oil Companies
Barack Obama’s campaign released a smear television ad Monday that calls for a windfall profits tax like Jimmy Carter did back in the 70’s that didn’t work, and accuses John McCain of being in the pocket of big oil.
The ad falsely charges that major oil companies have donated $2 million to McCain’s campaign and says that “after one president in the pocket of big oil, we can’t afford another.”
McCain surrogate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Monday blasted the ad as being completely “dishonest.” “That’s really sad,” he said on CNN’s “American Morning.” “I didn’t know that Obama had stooped to dishonesty.” Romney said it was dishonest because corporations cannot give contributions to candidates and because employees of oil companies have also donated to Obama.
The Washington Post reported that McCain received $1.1 million from oil and gas industry executives and employees in June — three-quarters of which came after he called for lifting the ban on offshore drilling on June 16.
Obama’s ad sources the Washington Post and the Center for Responsive Politics as “proof”, however those same sources show that Obama has received about $345,000 from the oil and gas industry this year as well.