Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Senator Bernie Sanders' Guide to Corporate Freeloaders should be placed in context. That context is how much money are they paying to members of Congress.

This reminds me of the old adage that you might want to buy a scorecard if you want follow the players. The Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.Org lists a significant number of affiliates for Exxon Mobil. The numbers are for all cycles reported by Open Secrets, (1990 - 2010). These are combined numbers for Exxon Mobil and Affiliates PACs and individuals.

Here is how ExxonMobil manages to average $1,000,000 a year buying Congress

Exxon Bulk Plant gave $250 to Republicans.

Exxon Chemical gave Republicans $6,500.

Exxon Coal and Minerals gave $250 to Republicans.

Exxon Corp, the big Kahuna gave $2,574,031. Democrats took $324,715 while Republicans walked away with $2,246,566. That's 13% to the Democrats and 87% to Republicans.

Exxon Distributor gave $500.00 to Republicans.

Exxon Engineering gave $1.750 to Republicans.

Exxon Mobil Chemical gave $25,521 of which $800 went to Democrats (3%) and $24,721 went to Republicans (97%).

Exxon Mobil Exploration gave $500 splitting it evenly between Democrats and Republicans.

Exxon Mobil Retining gave $400 to Democrats.

Exxon Mobil Petroleum Products gave $250 to Republicans.

Exxon Pipeline gave $750 to Republicans.

Exxon Products gave $250 to Republicans.

Exxon Research & Engineering gave $1,000 to Republicans.

Exxon Tropic Oil gave $1,500 to Republicans.

Exxon Valdez gave $960 to Democrats.

Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. gave $250 to Republicans.

Mobil Chemical gave $6,974 to Republicans.

Mobil Oil gave $1,314,48. $190,900 went to Democrats (15%) while $1,122,830 went to Republicans (85%).

Nalco/Exxon Energy Chemicals gave $250 to Republicans.

In the 2012 cycle $330 has been contributed to Republicans.

The bottom line is that ExxonMobil and their affiliates have given $10,016,014 to influence Congress. Democrats took 11% or $1,132,397. Republicans took $8,860,995 or 89%.

Exxon Mobil's profits rose 53% in fourth quarter profits in 2010.  Exxon Mobil, the world's largest oil company, can afford to shoulder their fair share of America's economic burden.

Republicans don't want Exxon Mobil to pay taxes and they have $8,860,995 reasons why.

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