Last year the oil and gas industry had 780 lobbyists who spent nearly $170 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”

If you gave me $884,000…and you had a major problem with an oil rig whose leak qualifies it as THE SINGLE WORST MAN-MADE DISASTER IN HISTORY…and I was President…you would expect me, at the very least, to remember that you gave me $884,000, wouldn’t you?

While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of oil 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, according to the St. Petersburg Times.  At the very least, they are claiming deniability that the contributions were ever made.  Round and round and round it goes…(see previous blog).

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.  

An Obama spokesman rejected the notion that the president took big oil money.  

Once Again…today is opposite day…intent on spinning, each party has effectively cast doubt on the other, thereby perpetuating that whole Victim/Villain thing, creating even more distance and polarity among our population which typically believes it should take one side or the other; just like conservative media and liberal media tells them to – truth is both sides are co-opting and subjugating Joe the Plumber, Sally the Salon owner and Larry the Lawyer…the everyman is taking it between the eyes and will continue to until he takes self responsibility and loses tolerance for being led down the wrong road time and time again.  We are looking for friends in all the wrong places, folks…” – jeff cole

President Obama didn’t accept a dime from corporate PACs or federal lobbyists during his presidential campaign,” spokesman Ben LaBolt said. “He raised $750 million from nearly four million Americans. And since he became president, he rolled back tax breaks and giveaways for the oil and gas industry, spearheaded a G20 agreement to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, and made the largest investment in American history in clean energy incentives.”- Ruger Forum

Here is a link to the St. Petersburg Times article which appeared in today’s issue.  The St. Pete Times is known for it’s investigative journalism chops and, in my opinion, should be trusted over an Obama spokesperson.

Note also that the Florida Gulf Coast emergency center in charge of the oil rig disaster is located in St. Petersburg, Florida…right down the road from the St. Pete Times, in fact.