Whoa, nellie. BP (formerly British Petroleum) really “hearts” Barack Obama. (h/t – HotAir.com)
During the 2008 election cycle, individuals and political action committees associated with BP — a Center for Responsive Politics’ “heavy hitter” — contributed half a million dollars to federal candidates. About 40 percent of these donations went to Democrats. The top recipient of BP-related donations during the 2008 cycle was President Barack Obama himself, who collected $71,000.
BP regularly lobbies on Capitol Hill, as well. In 2009, the company spent a massive $16 million to influence legislation. During the first quarter of 2010, it spent $3.53 million on federal lobbying efforts, ranking it second (behind ConocoPhillips) among all oil and gas industry interests.
Is this why Obama has been so slow to react to BP’s oil rig disaster? Is this why the media has been fairly timid in their criticisms of BP?
Doubtful. But Lord only knows how CNNNYTIMESNBCCBS would be screeching about BP-Bush, Bush-BP if George W. was President now.
It’s funny, because the left still brings up President Bush’s “slow” response to Hurricane Katrina. Here we have another disaster, in the same area, and an even slower response. The only difference is that now, the liberal media is dutifully looking the other way.
And let’s not forget how “Halliburton & Cheney” ruled the world for eight years!
On top of that, you won’t ever hear about Obama being in the pocket of “Big Oil”. That was always hurled at President Bush, but never at Obama. Yet here is Obama, taking the largest amount of donations from BP related PACs and individuals. I assume that it’s, of course, just coincidence that he dragged his feet in responding to this catastrophe. Now that he has, though, BP should prepare themselves. They may have donated heavily to Democrats and to Obama, but that won’t keep them from being thrown under the Obama bus. Loyalty has no home in this White House.
That bus has gone through a LOT of tires since Rev. Wright.