May 5, 2010

Liar, Liar, Pant[load] on fire..

Politico reports that there might be a little more to the Gulf oil spill than wiping down a bunch of sea birds and sucking up the goo from Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida panhandle beaches. Some elected officials -- including our beloved Supreme Pantload -- have been sucking at the BP tit for the last two decades:
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.

Of course, TEH WON is out in front of this, flapping his purple lips and lying his ass off through a mouthpiece:
An Obama spokesman rejected the notion that the president took big oil money. “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.”

Maybe that's why he wasn't down on the Gulf in minutes flat doing the glad-handing and lip-flapping about how terrible this all was.

He is not alone in this, of course, with the dainty and always-circumspect Petunia Pig (Mary Landrieu) being owned by the BP oil drilling interests:
Several BP executives have given directly to Landrieu’s campaign, including current and previous U.S. operation Presidents Lamar McKay and Robert Malone. Other donors include Margaret Hudson, BP’s America vice president, and Benjamin Cannon, federal affairs director for the U.S. branch. Donations ranged from $1,000 to $2,300 during the past campaign cycle.

..but, in this case, the pork Petunia brings home helps us avoid using a lot of foreign oil.

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