Excerpt Of The Day #2: Barack Obama Is Raking In The Oil Money While Bragging That He Doesn’t Take Oil Money

“Sen. Barack Obama continued accepting donations from oil company executives and employees last month even as he aired ads in which he stated he took no oil company money, his campaign finance reports show.

Obama has taken at least $263,000 from oil company executives, family members and employees since entering the presidential race last year, including $46,000 last month. At least $140,000 has come in chunks of between $1,000 and $2,300, the maximum permitted under federal law.

Texas oil executive Robert L. Cavnar of Milagro Exploration and his wife, Gracie, have helped the Illinois Democrat raise at least another $50,000 by helping host a fundraiser earlier in the campaign.

Other oil industry donors have included Sinclair Oil President Ross Matthews of Texas and John B. Hess, chairman of Hess Corp., a New York-based oil producer and retailer with operations worldwide. Hess, who has given to other presidential candidates, including Sen. John McCain, gave $2,300 to Obama last year, as did his wife, Susan. Hess gave $14,000 to Obama’s Senate run in 2003. The oil executives did not return phone calls.

In the weeks leading up to the Pennsylvania primary, Obama aired a campaign spot in Indiana and Pennsylvania that sought to reinforce his theme that he would change the Washington culture, while also tapping into voter distress about the high price of gasoline. In the ad, he called for a windfall profits “penalty.”

“Since the gas lines of the ’70s, Democrats and Republicans have talked about energy independence but nothing’s changed — except now Exxon’s making $40 billion a year and we’re paying $3.50 for gas. I’m Barack Obama. I don’t take money from oil companies or Washington lobbyists, and I won’t let them block change anymore,” says the spot, which aired as recently as April 8.

Obama’s ad is factually correct. He does not take money from oil companies. A 1907 federal law bars all corporations from giving money to political candidates. However, oil company employees can make donations.

As the ad aired, Obama took $12,400 from oil company executives and employees in increments of $1,000 or more. Altogether, people who identify themselves as working for oil and gas companies donated $46,000 in March.” — The LA Times

You’ve got to love the Clintonian level of dishonesty here. Mr. “New Kind of Politics” is actually running ads bragging about how he’s not raking in the money from the oil companies like those other politicians and meanwhile, he’s raking in the oil money hand over fist.

Did he lie? Well, did Bill Clinton lie when he said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman?” Many Democrats would argue that he didn’t, just as they’d argue that Obama’s not lying now.

Now, you could argue about that, but let’s not split hairs. Even if you don’t agree that Obama is lying, he’s pretty clearly attempting to deliberately deceive people about the support he’s getting from oil companies. And if he’s willing to so blatantly mislead people about that, how many other things is he going to mislead the American people about? The list is only going to get longer and longer as he draws more scrutiny…

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