August 8th, 2008
10:35 AM ET
12 years ago

Exxon likes Obama, but oil industry favors McCain

A new report shows Obama has received more money from Exxon employees.

A new report shows Obama has received more money from Exxon employees.

(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.”

soundoff (282 Responses)
  1. TEE


    August 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. wolf

    The Obama Campaign has raised more money than any Presidential Candidate in history. The money comes from everywhere. He can pick and choose what is the right policy to push, knowing that he doesn't have to worry about raising money.

    McCain, on the other hand, is far more restricted and needs to push whatever policy his backers want... otherwise, he might not collect another check next time.

    August 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Sane John

    Given that McCain is demonstrably sexist, and rather extremely so, I can't possibly understand what would motivate a former Clinton supporter to say that they're going to vote for him. Voter for Barr, vote for Nader, not vote at all, these I can see. Can there any reason other than petulance or racism to vote for somebody who not only doesn't agree with you, but is the antithesis of all your political positions on gender and equality?

    "If Obama gets the nomination, I'm going to vote for the candidate who left his first wife after she was disfigured in a car accident, who pimped his current wife out to a crowd of bikers, and who voted against equal wages for women! That makes perfect sense!"

    Explain this to me! Please! It's like a Christian voting for a Satanist over a pastor because the pastor is a Presbyterian instead of a Lutheran. There is no sense or reason to it, is there?

    August 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Larry

    This article is a mockery of journalism. All it says is that 2 candidates raised inconsequential amounts from employees of 3 companies. And, by the way their amounts were so similar that it doesn't merit comment. However, when you look at the industry total, there is a clear preference for McCain.

    August 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Clinton/McCain

    Informed Voter,

    Apparently you are an uninformed. That money that Obama gets from big oil INCLUDES money from CEOs!!!!! Just go to

    August 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Obamalism

    "Obama inspires People" – Someone please tell me what is soooo inspiring about this guy? He gives good speeches and knows how to campaign. What the heck is so inspiring about that?

    He's married and has 2 children? OMG! I'm inspired. Does his black liberation church inspire you? How about the Tony Rezco dealings? Meeting with William Ayers prior to his career in politics? These are ALL FACTS that people continue to ingore because Obama won't let people interview him about it. He REFUSES to talk about his character, and is too young to have a record to convienient.

    Obama – fooling people since forever.

    August 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Mario

    I am an european following this campaign, it is very interesting. Sorry for the expression but by the looks of it, the republican supporters are in my view as incapable of building a plausible argument as their candidate. Sorry but the impression that I get is that therepublican fail to see the whole picture and most importantly they focus their energy on releasing very offensive and personal attacks on Obama prior to annoucement of a 'positive' iniciative. How substantial is this initiative? Well we don't know because we are distracted by the attack made on the previous day. This tactic is obviously transparent and we all now what the final result will be.
    I think that the republicans need to think out of the box....way out of the box. You are not even close. But yeah you can keep fulling yourself, there is nothing wrong with that, it is all part of the process of 'gaining maturity'. Oh and by the way, these people that claim to be Clinton supporters turned Republicans. For godness sake, stop whinning, move to the Republican camp, campaign for them if necessary but stop making a full out yourselves. My four year old son shows more maturity than you guys; I mean are you for real? My son reads people well and most importantly he understands the terms 'team spirit' and 'sharing'. I am not making this up, this was what was said during his graduation ceremony, you know at his pre-school. I have met a lot of intelligent, caring, nice to be with, american citizens but God almighty you have some stupid people in there. My view is that the Republicans can turn this around if and only if they start pushing the right buttons, to do that they need clever, intelligent and mature people on site, they need a proper 'think tank'. Bin the old one.

    Apologies if I made any generalisation that may have offended anyone.

    Bonne chance everyone.

    August 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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