In a post titled “Exxon Obama,” official McCain blogger Michael Goldfarb insists Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) “made a mistake” when he said Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is the favored candidate of the oil companies. Goldfarb cites a report by the Center for Responsive Politics to claim that Exxon, Chevron, and BP employees have given more to Obama than McCain. Goldfarb triumphantly declares, “Big Oil’s candidate is…Barack Obama.”
However, Goldfarb selectively edits out three sentences from that same report, which emphasize that oil companies overall have given three times more money to McCain than Obama:
McCain leads the money race with nearly every other top giver in the oil and gas industry, though — Koch Industries, Valero, Marathon Oil, Occidental Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, the list goes on. (You can see detail on all these companies in the spreadsheet linked below.) McCain also has a big edge with Hess Corp. — $91,000 to Obama’s $8,000 — which has gotten some attention. And, overall, McCain’s campaign has gotten three times more money from the industry than Obama’s has — $1.3 million compared to about $394,000.
The report shows that, since McCain’s reversal in favor of offshore oil drilling, oil industry contributions to his campaign have skyrocketed — creating the perception that he is outsourcing his energy policies to the oil companies:
The report concludes, “Comparing Obama’s and McCain’s financial ties to the oil industry, there’s no question that McCain has benefited more from the industry’s contributions.” That said, since his false claim was contained in a blog post, Goldfarb probably “knew the charge was bogus.”