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Oil money and politics, in charts

Did you know that George W. Bush received $2,649,725 in contributions from oil companies in his 2004 election campaign? Or that in Rudy Giuliani received $659,158 this year? Neither did I.

Follow the Oil Money is a very interesting project that keeps track of petroleum industry campaign contributions and mashes them up in a cool visual application allowing you to spin the data every possible way.

Bush oil money

A political junkie like myself could probably spend days browsing the charts, but here are the bits that you should really care about:

Candidate name Oil contributions
MCCAIN, JOHN $291,685
CLINTON, HILLARY $289,950
OBAMA, BARACK $163,840

It has always bothered me that our current president has close ties with the oil industry. I strongly believe it is a part of the reason why we ended up in Iraq. Well, you don’t need to guess who I am going to vote for this time around. ;-)


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2 Responses to “Oil money and politics, in charts”


  1. 1 Alex Apr 21st, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Ron Paul (R)
    Has received $92,742 in oil contributions during the 2008 election campaign.

    Based on your approach we should probably vote for him?

  2. 2 Yan Apr 21st, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Isn’t he out of the race?

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