BP's Biggest Recipient of Cash: Obama

President tops the 20-year list with $77K
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2010 1:49 PM CDT
A patron at BP's green eco-gas station pumps gas Wednesday, May 21, 2008, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
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(Newser) – Much like the stain of its oil creeping across the Gulf of Mexico, BP's cash flowed freely to politicians inside the Beltway—to the tune of some $3.5 million over two decades, reports Politico in a look at where the oil giant's dollars went. Add to that the $15.9 million BP spent last year on lobbying, and its influence multiplies. The No. 1 recipient? One Barack Obama, who took in $77,000 as a senator and presidential candidate.

Members of the House energy committee grabbed $37,000 from BP in 2008; the Senate Homeland Security Committee (which oversees security issues dealing with US oil supply) took in $106,501. Individual legislators who cashed in:

  • Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska—$73,300
  • Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.—$44,899
  • Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio (home to BP refinery)—$41,400
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.—$28,000

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