From The Trail:
The Democratic National Committee may be trying to get some mileage out of recent news about oil industry contributions to Republican Sen. John McCain, launching a web site spoofing the idea of McCain sharing his presidential ticket with Exxon. But they may have found an unwelcome surprise in a just-released analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Turns out, the biggest recipient of contributions from Exxon executives and employees during this campaign is not McCain. It's Obama.
The non-partisan center writes: "Through June, Exxon employees have given Obama $42,100 to McCain's $35,166. Chevron favors Obama $35,157 to $28,500, and Obama edges out McCain with BP $16,046 vs. $11,500."
"McCain leads the money race with nearly every other top giver in the oil and gas industry, though Koch Industries, Valero, Marathon Oil, Occidental Petroleum, ConocoPhillips," the report says. "McCain also has a big edge with Hess Corp. $91,000 to Obama's $8,000 which has gotten some attention. And, overall, McCain's campaign has gotten three times more money from the industry than Obama's has $1.3 million compared to about $394,000."
Boom. This strikes as a moment akin to al-Maliki saying he supports Obama's plan for Iraq, in that it undercuts not just a major talking, but a central rationale for his candidacy.