(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee’s new campaign to spotlight John McCain’s connection to big oil and highlight McCain oil industry contributors like Exxon ran into some inconvenient news this week when a new report revealed the Republican isn’t the oil giant’s favorite candidate.
An analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics found Barack Obama has received more money from Exxon’s employees, including top executives, than John McCain. And the company isn’t the only energy behemoth to favor the presumptive Democratic nominee: Chevron and BP executives and workers have also sent more money to the Illinois senator than to his fall rival.
"Through June, Exxon employees have given Obama $42,100 to McCain's $35,166,” said CRP in a new report. “Chevron favors Obama $35,157 to $28,500, and Obama edges out McCain with BP $16,046 vs. $11,500."
The top producers may favor Obama – but McCain has still pocketed more oil industry cash: $1.3 million, to Obama’s $394,000. The cash haul includes including McCain’s recent headline-grabbing advantage with Hess Corp., whose employees have donated $91,000 to the presumptive Republican nominee’s presidential bid, while giving Obama's just $8,000.
The industry’s support for McCain “shot up after the presumptive Republican nominee announced his support for offshore drilling,” CRP notes in the report, but “the trend started months before that.”