Romney Wins Big Support From Big Oil

The 2012 presidential election is going to be driven in a large part by the super PACs dominating the airwaves.  With limitless moneys being dumped into groups that have little to no disclosure requirements and no real rules other than they must advocate against a candidate rather than on behalf of one, the negative advertising of 2008 is expected to be nothing in comparison to that of this election year.

Behind in actual campaign fundraising, likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney is far ahead in the super PAC game, and a new donor (and campaign adviser) will help even more.

According to First Read, a super PAC supporting Romney for president has accepted a check of nearly $1 million from Harold Hamm, the chairman and CEO of Continental Resources, a “pro-oil” energy firm.  This was just a few weeks after Hamm was appointed as an energy adviser to the Romney campaign.

Hamm’s reason for backing Romney?  President Barack Obama blew him off when he wanted the Keystone Pipeline started.  “After meeting Obama at a White House event last July, Hamm complained the president ‘blew him off’ after he tried to press him about the abundance of domestic oil supplies, according to a Business Week story last January. ‘It was like, ‘if you’re in the oil and gas industry, you don’t matter,’ Hamm was quoted as saying in the story headlined, ‘The Man Who Bought North Dakota.’”

Become an adviser, help shape policy that financially benefits you.  Write a huge check to a group that will defeat your opponent.  But don’t calling it collusion, or pay for play politics.


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Carl Oerke
Carl O.3 years ago

Absoltely no surprise since Willard is bought and paid for by the oil and gas industry among others.

E A.
Ei R.3 years ago

No surprise here.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 3 years ago


Ken S.
Ken S.3 years ago

Romney is all bullshit and oil, a man of our times, with vested interests on his mind, and global warming an unwanted interruption, enthralled by greedy exploiters and polluters, the oil barons, miners and divers plutocrats.

Sue P.
Sue Poriazis3 years ago

I am not American - I am English and I live in Africa, but I follow global news closely, because I worry about what we are doing to our beautiful planet in the name of profit (read greed)
America is the most powerful nation of all, and has huge potential for good or bad. The Republicans, and their close friend Big Oil, terrify me. They don't seem to be able to see the bigger picture, and are stuck in short term profit (and long term irreversible destruction) We must wake up before it's too late, and we only have one planet. President Obama is trying to do the right things - come on Guys - help him!!!

Julie D.
Julie D.3 years ago

And this is a surprise?

Patrick F.
Patrick f.3 years ago

Yeah, like he wasn't already greasy enough.

Susan O.
Susan O.3 years ago

Of course ... what else is new?

Deborah L.
Deborah L.3 years ago

was there ever any doubt in your mind.

A N M.
Anne m.3 years ago

Am I supposed to be surprised? Romney left nothing but destruction in his corporate wake, and the same is true for BP in the Gulf, Shell in Nigeria, and the rest of the oil companies. Birds of a feather flock together, don't they?