So much for the "mavericky" persona. First, it was the Freudian slip of his "oil executives" tongue on off-shore drilling.  Now?  We see what’s been greasing up more than just the "Straight Talk" bus:

Campaign contributions from oil industry executives to Sen. John McCain rose dramatically in the last half of June, after the senator from Arizona made a high-profile split with environmentalists and reversed his opposition to the federal ban on offshore drilling….

McCain delivered the speech before heading to Texas for a series of fundraisers with energy industry executives….

Cozy? You bet.  Coincidence?  Not so much.

Three quarters of McCain’s oil haul followed the senior senator from Arizona’s call for an end to the long-standing congressional moratorium on off-shore oil-drilling, the Post notes. And that $1.1 million take from Big Oil executives in June outstrips the industry’s giving before that: $208,000 in May, $283,000 in April, $116,000 in March, by the Post’s count.

With all those lobbyists riding along on McCain’s campaign bus?  Not surprisingly, a whole lot of them have connections to the industry.

So, Sen. McCain, how about some real straight talk — not just the kind you paint in large letters on your bus, but some real honesty about what all that money is buying from you?  Because all those flip-flops on energy policy are significant.  Smells awfully oily to me.

Americans need more than an election year flim-flam scam.  And they aren’t getting honesty from John McCain.

(H/T to The Real McCain and to Swopa.)

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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