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How Oily is Your Candidate

We find that politicians in general are an oily lot. Indeed the vast majority of national politicians have significant funding from the cialis side effects oil industry. An cool new online application by OilChange International takes this data and forms a pleasant graphical representation to help citizens view exactly how much money their favorite and (most loathed) presidential candidates have received from oil lobbies.

OilChange has been hard at work providing an interface that’s easy to canadian levitra 50mg understand on a glance, but also contains links to detailed data. Users can click on each oil company to see how much money they gave to whom, in dollar figures. Candidates can also be clicked on for a detailed list of how much money they received from whom.

So you’re probably itching to know who the oiliest of the 2008 candidates is. The oiliest is (or should we say was) Rudolph Guiliani who received $550,608 from oil companies. Most of this came from Stewart and Stevenson. Close behind is buy now online levitra former front-runner Mitt Romney, who received $336,783 in contributions. McCain is fourth among candidates, while Huckabee is last, behind even the Democrats.

Hilary Clinton is top among the democrats, with $223,350. Love Clinton? Well, maybe you can take minor comfort in the fact that despite coming in a healthy sixth with $106,112, current democratic front-runner Barack Obama received Exxon's top contribution ($15,150).

While the graph is timely and useful, after a while you might get bored. OilChange calculated this and in their eagerness to keep you pleased has thus also provided similar graphs for the discount drug levitra 2000 and 2004 elections – just in case you didn’t realize how oily President Bush really was.

Will the graph help to weaken oil lobbyists’ sway over presidential candidates? Perhaps, but it may only serve to levitra 6 free samples show that we have a very oily president now and will have a new -- but only slightly less oily -- president in 2008.

Cross Posted from EnviroWonk

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I like Mike
written by Lawrence, February 13, 2008
Great job Huckabee!
how he managed to come this far is a good question.
I think this is misleading
written by teachearth, February 14, 2008
It could be misleading (or at least in the case of Obama) because individuals can donate up to the limit $2,300, and because it is a political contribution they generally list their employers as a logistical formality. This is not necessarily an indication that there is a lobbying organization pushing this money through. But for many of the other candidates I would not trust them as far as I could throw them. Peace
Thats funny
written by Mark R., February 14, 2008
I just find it hilarious that your on your sister site you don't give Huckabee any green points and yet here we see that Obama and Clinton are just as dirty as McCain.

Go Huckabee!
written by Terra, February 14, 2008
Too bad Kucinich isn't still running. Those wold have been heartwarming, impressively low numbers.
written by slightlytilted, February 14, 2008
What about Ron Paul? I couldn't find him on their list or on the oil graph.
written by tom konrad, February 15, 2008
Now we just need a graph for Coal industry donations...
written by Ramona Greenstein, February 25, 2008
I also was most interested to see how Ron Paul fared in this battle. Has he received any contributions from oil companies?
written by Dave, February 27, 2008
Heck, throw Ralph Nader too!

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