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Interesting how you say it's not that much in comparison but the article clearly states that in comparison to other politicians, Obama has gotten the most in 20 years. I'm sure other parties have given larger and smaller amounts to other people. What I'm driving at here is the connection between BP & Obama and there definately is a significant one in comparison to others and one could follow the money to presume that policies might have been affected or awards given for safety...
My point is that 70K is not that significant in relation to 16 million total dollars raised.. there is a relationship, but is it a significant one.. BP has been giving out a lot of money to a lot of people..
Cannot find out who they gave their 15.9 million they spent in lobbying last year...
During the 2008 election cycle, individuals and political action committees associated with BP -- a Center for Responsive Politics' "heavy hitter" -- contributed half a million dollars to federal candidates. About 40 percent of these donations went to Democrats. The top recipient of BP-related donations during the 2008 cycle was President Barack Obama himself, who collected $71,000.
BP regularly lobbies on Capitol Hill, as well. In 2009, the company spent a massive $16 million to influence legislation. During the first quarter of 2010, it spent $3.53 million on federal lobbying efforts, ranking it second (behind ConocoPhillips) among all oil and gas industry interests.
Its registered lobbyists include a number of former federal government and high-ranking political campaign officials, including longtime political operative Tony Podesta, former congressional chief of staff Bob Brooks, former congressional legislative director David Pore and vice presidential aide Michael S. Berman, the Center's research shows.
The oil and gas industry, of which BP is a member, reported $169 million in 2009 lobbying expenditures.
As pointed out BP has give 71% of their contributions to the Republicans in the past 10 years....
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