Now there’s a headline you’ll never again see, because it isn’t about to happen.
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 theyâ€™ve taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.
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 companyâ€™s political action committees â€” $2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals.
I’m sure Obama will return BP’s campaign donations just as soon as he returns the Goldman Sachs donations.
As for Democrat Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, not surprisingly, she has “no plans” to return BP’s donations.
Come on now, is “big oil” evil, or not? America is getting mixed messages.
Given the administration’s response to the accident, the real question isn’t “should Democrats return BP’s donations,” but rather, “Should BP demand its money back?”
Update: Why would BP donate so much money to politicians? It’s not like the government would exclude them from environmental impact studies or anything. What? Oh, nevermind.