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Narrative Interrupted

By David

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.

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