Originally Posted by Camp David
Precisely!Obama biggest recipient of BP cash
PoliticoWhile the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they’ve taken from the oil and gas giant over the years. BP and 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, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations come from a mix of employees and the company’s political action committees — $2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals.
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Already been debunked a few pages back
Yeah, Big Oil has their hands in many politicians pockets, but the money has historically and statistically gone to Republicans over Democrats by almost a 4:1 margin.
Oil & Gas (2008)
John McCain (R) graph $2,402,937
Barack Obama (D) graph $898,251
Oil & Gas: Long-Term Contribution Trends
Election Cycle Rank† Total Contributions Contributions from Individuals Contributions from PACs Soft Money Contributions Donations to Democrats Donations to Republicans % to Dems % to Repubs
2010* 14 $11,572,527 $6,758,478 $4,814,049 N/A $3,434,474 $8,132,174 30% 70%
2008* 16 $35,595,537 $25,499,833 $10,095,704 N/A $8,122,865 $27,454,542 23% 77%
2006* 14 $20,364,856 $12,081,747 $8,283,109 N/A $3,624,686 $16,650,566 18% 82%
2004* 16 $26,077,264 $18,963,016 $7,114,248 N/A $5,063,900 $20,989,499 19% 80%
Although the percentage is shifting sightly, due I'm sure to the party in power changing.
The problems with the lack of regulation from the MMS go back decades
, it's not a new Obama problem.
Federal safety inspections on oil rig in Gulf not as claimed
Chris Oynes, the associate Minerals Management Service administrator for offshore drilling programs, informed colleagues he will retire at the end of the month, according to an e-mail sent to agency officials and obtained by The Associated Press.
Oynes, who was regional director in charge of Gulf offshore oil programs for 13 years before he was promoted in 2007 to head all offshore drilling programs, has come under criticism for being too close to the industry.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a longtime MMS critic, said the agency has been corrupt for more than a decade, a period spanning three administrations, and that its shortcomings were not the fault of one person. The agency "is in need of an exhaustive overhaul and comprehensive reform," he said.
The federal agency responsible for making sure the Deepwater Horizon, responsible for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, was operating safely fell well short of its own policy that the rig be inspected at least once per month, an Associated Press investigation shows.
Earlier AP investigations have shown that the doomed rig was allowed to operate without safety documentation required by MMS regulations for the exact disaster scenario that occurred; that the cutoff valve which failed has repeatedly broken down at other wells in the years since regulators weakened testing requirements; and that regulation is so lax that some key safety aspects on rigs are decided almost entirely by the companies doing the work.
The AP sought to find out how many times government safety inspectors visited the Deepwater Horizon, and what they found. In response, MMS officials offered a changing series of numbers. The MMS has had long-standing issues with its data management.
Even using the more favorable numbers for the most recent 64 months, 25 percent of monthly inspections were not performed. The first set of data supplied to AP represented a 59 percent shortfall in the number of inspections.