Monday, March 31, 2008

Did Barack Obama Receive Campaign Contributions From Oil Companies?

Barack Obama's proclivity to mislead the public with delusive statements has revealed itself once again. In a new campaign ad, Obama says he doesn't take money from oil companies.

But according to, Obama has accepted more than $213,000 from individuals who work for companies in the oil and gas industry and their spouses. Two of Obama's bundlers are top executives at oil companies and are listed on his Web site as raising between $50,000 and $100,000 for the presidential hopeful.

"It's true that Obama doesn't take money directly from oil companies," concedes, "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....... When the Clinton campaign criticized Obama's ad, calling it "false advertising," Obama's campaign quickly noted that he didn't take money from political action committees or lobbyists.We'd say the Obama campaign is trying to create a distinction without very much of a practical difference." Read more at

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