THE BLOG
07/30/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Who Does Big Oil Consider Its Most Devoted Sycophant In The Senate?

Who can Big Oil thank for rising prices at the gas pump? Well, this year, they are certainly rewarding John McCain more heavily than any other politician in America. So far this election cycle they've given him more than any two senators combined, a whopping $1,010,868. They're also showing a lot of love for John Cornyn (R-TX-$480,100), James Inhofe (R-OK-$220,350), Steve Pearce (R-NM-$204,234), Mitch McConnell (R-KY-$197,150) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA-$184,850). What do these half dozen politicians have in common? They all slavishly vote for every single bill Big Oil and Gas ever wants passed and each of them fights to prevent any bill Big Oil and Gas opposes. And each of them has to face the voters in November. (It's only McCain, though, who has 29 oil company lobbyists on his campaign staff!) Over at DownWithTyranny we've been trying to show the correlation between obscene campaign "donations" from special interests and voting records by the recipients of these "donations.

McCain will try blaming high gas prices on Obama and on the Democrats, but his latest ad is patently false and the fault is clearly bipartisan -- Republicans and the Republican wing of the Democratic Party, like Seantor Landrieu. As you see there are 6 bribe-taking whores listed above, the six worst, and they come from both political parties. Voters should evaluate all six appropriately.

So you can't just blame McCain or even just McCain, Cornyn and Inhofe. Examine, for example, the case of Ted Stevens (R-AK), a senator who most insiders know is for sale and always takes "donations" from big corporations and votes for their special interests. He's the 13th biggest recipient of "donations" from Big Oil this year ($95,600) and over the course of his Senate career has accepted $469,440 from Big Oil and has never opposed them on anything. It looks like voters in Alaska are finally wising up to him too. Just yesterday Rasmussen reported that Democrat and ethics hawk Mark Begich is beating him and "is now ahead 50% to 41%. When "leaners" are included, Begich leads 52%to 44%." Maybe that's because Mark Begich sees the connection between gigantic special interests "donations" and voting records that hurt working families.