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  •  the actual figures . . . (0+ / 0-)

    Campaign contributions from the top ten contributors in the oil and gas industry.

    2006 campaign cycle:
    Rank    Organization    Amount     Dems     Repubs   

    1    Koch Industries    $1,275,000    13%    86%     
    2    Exxon Mobil    $838,132    10%    90%     
    3    Valero Energy    $785,652    12%    88%     
    4    Chevron Corp    $603,743    15%    85%     
    5    Occidental Petroleum    $483,625    25%    74%     
    6    Anadarko Petroleum    $450,650    9%    91%     
    7    ConocoPhillips    $418,083    10%    90%     
    8    Independent Petroleum Assn of America    $411,940    5%    95%     
    9    Marathon Oil    $411,303    20%    80%     
    10    American Gas Assn    $360,692    30%    70%     

    2008 campaign cycle:

    Rank    Organization    Amount     Dems     Repubs   

    1    Koch Industries    $1,860,873    12%    88%     
    2    Exxon Mobil    $1,392,013    24%    76%     
    3    Chevron Corp    $1,088,317    25%    75%     
    4    Valero Energy    $914,222            19%    81%     
    5    ConocoPhillips    $695,596      25%    75%     
    6    Marathon Oil    $595,230      28%    72%     
    7    Occidental Petroleum $577,451    26%    74%     
    8    Anadarko Petroleum    $507,450    10%    90%     
    9    BP                      $488,910    39%    61%     
    10    Chesapeake Energy    $475,771    21%    79%     

    2010 campaign cycle:

    Rank    Organization    Amount     Dems     Repubs   
    1    Koch Industries    $1,928,262    6%    94%     
    2    Exxon Mobil    $1,408,162    12%    86%     
    3    Chief Oil & Gas    $1,192,361    0%    16%     
    4    Chevron Corp    $941,464    17%    82%     
    5    Marathon Oil    $680,640    18%    80%     
    6    Valero Energy    $636,500    15%    83%     
    7    Occidental Petroleum    $577,100    21%    77%     
    8    Devon Energy    $508,000    6%    92%     
    9    Williams Companies    $491,685    27%    72%     
    10    Chesapeake Energy    $477,056    38%    60%     

    •  Sure (0+ / 0-)

      Let's take your figures. Now my query is simply, can the Dems, with clean hands, accuse the Reps of taking oil money? No they cannot, as oil money also flows to the left (if at a reduced amount).

      Money and special interests corrupt both sides. Am I supposed to speak up for the Dems and say,"Hey! They don't take nearly as much. So it's all good"? Instead, I simply wonder how much influence they bought and paid for, as well as what they will do to make sure the $$ keep flowing.

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