Ever since the BP oil spill was controversially dubbed "Obama's Katrina
" by the
president's critics, the White House has been diligently outlining
its response to
the disaster. But the president's PR strategy may face problems
following a report by the Center for Responsive Politics:
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... During his time in the Senate and while running for president,
Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top
recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years,
according to financial disclosure records.
see where this is going… The media loves numbers, and these I imagine
will prove to be rather uncomfortable for Obama. Combined with his
decision earlier this year to expand off-shore drilling one suspects
he’s going to have some tough questions to answer in the next few days,
ones that have nothing to do with Katrina. On This Week on Sunday
Bill Maher said he was looking forward to seeing Obama do some
serious backpedaling on the oil issue: “a flip flop I can believe in.”
This is the sort of story that might inspire that to happen sooner than
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