President Obama is the Biggest Recipient of BP Cash. (Yes, That BP of Gulf Coast Oil Spill Infamy…)

This doesn’t sound like change I can believe in. Hmm. Glad we have some Washington reporters still actually working at the Politico. Erikia Lovley reports:

While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum 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.

BP Funds Obama

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.

Read more at the Politico

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  • vicwiz

    Its funny how ignorant politicians sell their power which is priceless. It like in Pawn Stars, someone comes in with something completely valuable and amazing, but don't know what they have so in their ignorance from lack of research, are under bought by the clerk who in turn makes a killing. Politicians spend years preparing themselves for office, where they can fully express themselves and sell out because money is all they know. Power is priceless, if you want to make money open a business don't do it while in your short term in command of this cult we call The United States of America.

    • Hadrian999

      the whole reason they do it is to make money,
      the system is designed so only the corrupt need apply,
      want to rise above podunk city counsel you have to be in somebodies pocket,
      power is useless unless you wield it, and this is how politicia.ns wield power,
      the people who vote are only chips in the game, not players

      • vicwiz

        I agree thats the way things are. I always think of the ideal. Got to fantasize about something :-) take care

  • http://cybercasualty.com The JoeBot

    “Campaign contributions, from energy companies or from environmental groups, have absolutely no impact on Sen. Landrieu’s policy agenda[...]“

    Then she says:

    “I mean, just the gallons are so minuscule compared to the benefits of U.S. strength and security[...]
    So while there are risks associated with everything, I think you understand that they are quite, quite minimal.”

    Politics is certainly a complex game, and I am no political buff. But the conflict of interests is pretty apparent here.

  • tonyviner

    Well, I guess the various things I submitted about the BP ordeal weren't up to snuff. It is good to see something about it here, though. I wrote a small letter to The Nation magazine the other day imploring them to do the right thing with BP as far as advertising goes, as BP are a frequent advertiser in their magazine, mostly featured on the back cover. It is a shitty situation, to say the least. The Nation does provide some good commentary and op-ed pieces, but something like this cannot be allowed to slip under the radar, for any amount of money.

    One thing I want to know about the BP thing, and the recent thing in West Virginia, is how come I have yet to hear the words “Criminal Negligence” in reference to either situation?

    • http://disinfo.com ralph

      Tony will review your BP posts, we've had a really intense number of submissions as of late. Thanks for your patience.

      I guess it's a good time that more people are finding us to share what they think is interesting or important.

  • katehudson06

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    read the whole article, both pages, before posting please. this is an interesting subject.

    big oil man bush apparently wasn't enough to get the special interest of BP like obama did

    Brac Apartments

  • 5by5

    Well frankly if you're uncomfortable with little factoids like this one, you're too late. The Supreme Court decision means that EVERY politician is going to be awash in money from the mega corps.

    Democracy died with that lame ass decision. The only thing you have now is your vote. And with the all corporately-owned electronic voting machines, you barely have that.

    The only thing you're going to be able to look at is the politician's record. Do they take the money and then turn around and still represent you, or are they corporate hacks like Landreiu, who take the money, say one thing to you, then turn around and do the company's bidding. Or worse, are they just a Republican who takes the money and never even pretends to serve you but instead is openly whorish.

  • FergalR

    BP also sponsor the Limey climatologists. They collect big on the confidence trick: a hefty cut of the £82bn ($125bn) carbonfraud market and all that filthy lucre from building useless windmills that governments have agreed to pay triple electricity prices, at our expense, to keep operating. Shell have to pay their dues to the European wing of the twisted anti-scientific twat brigade too, of course, all donations gratefully acknowledged at the end of the CRU's own history: http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/about/history/

    Not to be outdone, ExxonMobil fund the climate scientific fraud on their side of the pond: $10mn fucking dollars a year to these shifty cunts: http://gcep.stanford.edu/about/index.html

    You're not going to give a fuck about oil spills if these Maoists get their way: the 80% reduction in fossil fuel use they advocate wouldn't even run our current agricultural production. On the bright side you'll die of exposure slightly faster in your unheated home due to malnutrition.

    They said there'd be .3C warming per decade, we got less that half that. Most of that had nothing to do with carbon dioxide. The El Nino ended last week and 1998 was still warmer that this year. If a La Nina follows we'll be back to 1980's temperatures. There is no way humanity could cause runaway warming of any sort. It's a scam.

    Big Oil funds the climate confidence trick. Don't believe their lies.

  • 5by5

    Well frankly if you're uncomfortable with little factoids like this one, you're too late. The Supreme Court decision means that EVERY politician is going to be awash in money from the mega corps.

    Democracy died with that lame ass decision. The only thing you have now is your vote. And with the all corporately-owned electronic voting machines, you barely have that.

    The only thing you're going to be able to look at is the politician's record. Do they take the money and then turn around and still represent you, or are they corporate hacks like Landreiu, who take the money, say one thing to you, then turn around and do the company's bidding. Or worse, are they just a Republican who takes the money and never even pretends to serve you but instead is openly whorish.

  • FergalR

    BP also sponsor the Limey climatologists. They collect big on the confidence trick: a hefty cut of the £82bn ($125bn) carbonfraud market and all that filthy lucre from building useless windmills that governments have agreed to pay triple electricity prices, at our expense, to keep operating. Shell have to pay their dues to the European wing of the twisted anti-scientific twat brigade too, of course, all donations gratefully acknowledged at the end of the CRU's own history: http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/cru/about/history/

    Not to be outdone, ExxonMobil fund the climate scientific fraud on their side of the pond: $10mn fucking dollars a year to these shifty cunts: http://gcep.stanford.edu/about/index.html

    You're not going to give a fuck about oil spills if these Maoists get their way: the 80% reduction in fossil fuel use they advocate wouldn't even run our current agricultural production. On the bright side you'll die of exposure slightly faster in your unheated home due to malnutrition.

    They said there'd be .3C warming per decade, we got less that half that. Most of that had nothing to do with carbon dioxide. The El Nino ended last week and 1998 was still warmer than this year. If a La Nina follows we'll be back to 1980's temperatures. There is no way humanity could cause runaway warming of any sort. It's a scam.

    Big Oil funds the climate confidence trick. Don't believe their lies.

  • cakeypig

    BP suck. All you need to prove how twisted they are is to look at their logo… a freaking green flower when their business is oil.. like wtf?

  • http://unpersonscallforchange.wordpress.com/ Unperson

    So let me get this straight. POTUS should have psychically known this would happen and declined campaign money because of it? Pure genius.

    • laura

      no… but perhaps that is why he's so pro oil drilling?

  • 5by5

    No, BP sucks primarily because they set off the dominoes in the Middle East by getting our CIA to overthrow the democratically elected leader of Iran simply because he was about to nationalize the oil industry and had the nerve to think the oil underneath their feet was theirs. This of course brought in the Shah, which brought in the Ayatollah, who took our hostages, which Bush, Casey, & Gates kept incarcerated so they could help get Reagan elected, which also made us support Saddam Hussein in opposition to the Ayatollah, thereby allowing Rumsfeld to sell Saddam the very weapons with which we would accuse him of having in 2003, even though he'd already used most of them on Iran and the Kuwaitis, and which international monitors had destroyed the rest, but provided the Chimp-in-Chief with just enough reason to get us into a FUBAR mess which ultimately helped bankrupt the country in Enron-style off-budget financing for a stupid war we didn't need to fight in the first place, except that we also thought that the oil underneath the Iraqis feet was ours too.

    I'm thinking next time, we should stay fray adjacent.

  • Peter Michals

    Sounds like the Left is no different than the Right – think some more about it….

  • Peter Michals

    Sounds like the Left is no different than the Right – think some more about it….

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