Barack Obama...is up with television spots that accuse Mr. McCain of being "in the pocket of Big Oil" before touting a plan for a windfall profits tax.
But wait. According to FEC data examined by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics in a new report released this past week, Exxon executives and employees have broken in favor of Mr. Obama over Mr. McCain this election cycle -- by $41,100 to $35,166. Chevron's and BP's contribution margins also favor the Democrat -- by about $6,600 and $4,500, respectively. Guess those Democratic commercials now could use a footnote or two.
So it's OK for Obama to take oil money, but not John McCain? Talk about a double standard. Of course it could be a case of sour grapes as McCain has received more money from the oil industry in toto than Obama. Then again, McCain hasn't made promises to take away their profits with an ill defined “windfall” profits tax.