Tom Davis and his oily donors

By: Andrea Chamblee
Published On: 7/8/2006 5:16:20 AM

When a group of people in Northern Virginia staged a day of education and protest last week over high oil prices, the Fairfax Connnection asked Tom Davis (R-11th) for his opinion on the matter ("Davis Criticized for Ties to Big Oil: Fueling a Protest").

"I've never taken a nickel from oil companies," said Davis, as he attacked protest sponsor as "widely discredited."

The Connection reporter dug no deeper. However, the only truth to Davis's claim seems to be that a solitary nickel would not buy Exxon much from one of their favorite Congressman.  They have donated much more than that.

According to the Federal Election Commission, Davis collected $18,500 from Exxon Mobil's PAC alone.

It shows not only another example of Davis voting the GOP party line almost 90% of the time.  It shows how oil interests bought his vote on the Energy Policy Act of 2005 written by the oil companies that gave them $14.5 billion in tax breaks, and why Davis voted to weaken Ethics Reform in Congress.

You have a choice in November.  Andy Hurst is running on a platform of Ethics Reform.  The "lobbyists" Congress should be paying attention to is you.

In addition to being awarded Weenie of the Week on NLS, the Connection did run a letter to the editor July 19th on Tom Davis's false statement.
According to, he's collected $12,500 from oil and gas PACs for 2006; that's out of about half a million in PAC money so far.  That's almost as much as he got from the oil PACs for the whole cycle in 2003-2004, when he cashed in the "pay to play" political chits for three-quarters of a million in PAC money.  In 2002, before the "soft money" ban, he shook them down for even more, $31,000 (out of almost $637k in PAC donations).  There are also reports of oil money from 1997-2000 totaling over $50k.  The breakdown in provided below.

EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION-MOBIL PAC  09/12/1997 $1000.00 98032743790

EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION-MOBIL PAC  03/24/1998 $500.00 98033052425

EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION-MOBIL PAC  06/04/1998 $1500.00 98033391927

EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION-MOBIL PAC  11/02/1998 $3500.00 98034034727

EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION-MOBIL PAC  03/15/1999 $1000.00 99034980450

EXXON MOBIL CORPORATION-MOBIL PAC  06/28/1999 $2000.00 99034670645

EXXONMOBIL PAC  03/09/2000 $500.00  20035411004

EXXONMOBIL PAC  06/14/2000 $1000.00 20035851243

EXXONMOBIL PAC  10/17/2000 $1000.00 20036480940

EXXONMOBIL PAC  06/18/2001 $1000.00 21990202619

EXXONMOBIL PAC  10/31/2001 $1000.00 21990586667

EXXONMOBIL PAC  07/25/2003 $1000.00 23991798196

EXXONMOBIL PAC  03/15/2004 $1000.00 24991092871

EXXONMOBIL PAC  03/16/2005 $2500.00 25990533720

2005-2006 PAC Contributions: $543,303 at Open Secrets 2006
Based on data released by the FEC on Monday, May 16, 2005
Oil & Gas  $12,500
Electric Utilities  $6,000

2003-2004 PAC Contributions: $749,851 at Open Secrets 2004
Oil & Gas  $13,000
Mining   $2,000
Electric Utilities  $8,000

2001-2002 PAC Contributions: $636,886 at Open Secrets 2002
Energy/Nat Resource  $31,000
  Oil & Gas  $11,500
  Mining  $1,000
   Misc Energy  $2,000
  Electric Utilities $15,500
  Environmental Svcs
  /Equipment $1,000

1999-2000 PAC Contributions: $689,841 at Open Secrets 2000
Energy/Nat Resource  $24,250
  Oil & Gas  $11,500
  Misc Energy  $1,500
  Electric Utilities $11,250

1997-1998 PAC Contributions: $444,240 at Open Secrets 1998
Energy/Nat Resource  $28,000
  Oil & Gas  $15,500
  Misc Energy  $500
  Electric Utilities $10,500
  Waste Management  $1,500


Excellent! (summercat - 7/8/2006 6:55:19 AM)
Guess Davis meant that the oil PACs never literally handed him a real nickel.  This hypocrisy needs to be publicized widely--op-eds, anyone?

We need to get the word out (pitin - 7/8/2006 12:15:00 PM)
And there are two ways to do that.

1. VOLUNTEER.  Knock on a few doors or make a couple of calls.

2. CONTRIBUTE.  Look, even volunteers have associated costs for campaigns, water, lit, printing walk packets, clipboards, and so on.  (Andy just switched over to Act Blue, take this as a sign that he is responding to netroots support)

Psst.. (pitin - 7/8/2006 2:18:11 PM)
I just wrote about this over at DailyKos and MyDD With Full credit given to Andrea Chamblee and Raising Kaine.

If you have a few seconds and a Kos or MyDD account, please go over there and comment and recommend, and let's see if we can make this a national story.

MyDD (NovaDem - 7/8/2006 9:48:42 PM)
Pitin's diary just got front paged over at MyDD.

Good Job Andrea and Pitin for getting the word out.

Nice! (Lowell - 7/8/2006 9:51:23 PM)

Davis bends the truth...all the way to lying.... (bladerunner - 7/8/2006 8:47:59 AM)
Tom Davis has a knack for bending the truth around to suit him. I love Andrea's nickel comparisson--let's face it Exxon probably didn't ACTUALLY hand a nickel to Tommy. But he got it! That reminds me of a similar situation when I went to one of his Townhall meetings earlier in the year when he said he was all for Term limits and supported the Contract with America--which backs term limits too. He kind of stared off in the distance and sheepishly added yeah I do support term limits but I personally didn't sign it--meaning Contract with America. Is that misleading or what? How many other times has he done that. You don't catch someone in a lie the first time--they've usually been doing it for quite a while.

He also tries to act like he's a friend to the Federal Workers of the 11th District, then why did he oppose the new Goverment Dental and Vision plan for Government workers. Of course he'll bend the truth about that too.

I am very confident that Andy Hurst won't be playing all these games with the English language--that's not his style. He's a straight talker and to the people of the 11th District he will be like a breath of fresh air.

COMMENT HIDDEN (littlepunk - 7/8/2006 11:01:00 AM)

Davis vote for the Contract with America (Lowell - 7/8/2006 11:30:27 AM)
Item #10: "THE CITIZEN LEGISLATURE ACT: A first-ever vote on term limits to replace career politicians with citizen legislators."

I love a challenge -- first Oil Company money (Andrea Chamblee - 7/8/2006 12:55:11 PM)
Davis said he never took a "nickel from Oil companies." He didn't limit himself yo ExxonMobil.  I used ExxonMobil as a surrogate for Big Oil, since it is such a big offender and since ExxonMobil pays for junk science to deflect scientific criticism.  I listed in detail only what he took from its PAC.

For 2004, Davis took money from oil companies in addition to ExxonMobil.  The links show the detail, but for the last election (when he ran against an opponent who did not try very hard to raise money and Davis only used it as Tom DeLay did, as a "hammer" to make other Republicans vote the GOP Party line) he raised $13,000 from Big Oil and Gas:

  Oil & Gas  $13,000

  American Gas Assn $1,000
  ChevronTexaco $1,000
  Exxon Mobil  $2,000
  Halliburton Co $4,000
  Occidental Petroleum $2,000
  Shell Oil  $1,000
  Washington Gas $2,000

Davis did support Term Limits (Andrea Chamblee - 7/8/2006 12:56:52 PM)
Davis signed the Contract with America:  Davis responded to the questionnaire from that he did support term limits.

Davis signed the Contract with America:
As part of the Contract with America, within 100 days we pledge to bring to the House Floor the following bills]:
The Citizen Legislature Act:A first-ever vote on term limits to replace career politicians with citizen legislators.
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA11 on Sep 27, 1994

Oil money to Davis in 2006 -- $18,500 (Andrea Chamblee - 7/8/2006 1:01:10 PM)

  Energy/Nat Resource $18,500

  Oil & Gas  $12,500

  American Gas Assn $2,000
  Chevron Corp $1,000
  Exxon Mobil $2,500
  Halliburton Co  $3,000
  Occidental Petroleum  $1,000
  Washington Gas Light Co $2,000
  Williams Companies $1,000

PAC money to challengers (Andrea Chamblee - 7/8/2006 1:07:28 PM)
Even Longmyer got PAC money, so there are PACs to be had that Hurst has turned down.  Warner's ForwardTogether is just one.  Since each $100 donation translates into printed material and phone calls that make it easier to skip knocking on a few doors, Hurst has to make up for it with hustle and appeal and good policies for change.  Hurst has turned down money that would have let him sleep in a few days this week, but he's out talking to voters instead.

So crack open that wallet and contribute to Andy.

Companies form PACs to give political donations (Lowell - 7/8/2006 1:22:06 PM)
How would Davis take money directly from ExxonMobil and NOT from their PAC?  I don't see what you're getting at here or what point you're trying to make.  Davis took money from ExxonMobil. Period. He supported term limits but then blew them off himself. Period.  Anything else you would like us to refute today?

This stuff drives me nuts (Bubby - 7/8/2006 11:22:46 AM)
I would greatly enjoy seeing this documentation dropped on Ms.Glendenning's lap.  The truth of the matter would be real news. Headline: "Why is Tom Davis lying about his oil company contributors?" Andrea, have you forwarded your story to Glendenning for comment?

Bubby, I could do that (Andrea Chamblee - 7/8/2006 1:09:47 PM)
Or I can leave it to James W at the campaign. Thoughts?

I would send it directly to the press (pitin - 7/8/2006 1:36:36 PM)
with a CC to the James.  It looks better coming from a volunteer, as it is the original source, yay for citizen due diligence.

As Pitin says: (Bubby - 7/9/2006 11:08:33 AM)
It always looks better from an individual voter. And snail mail works better than email.  If you correspond with the Richmond Times Dispatch you will want to use stone tablets.

Little Punk is wrong, wrong, wrong........ (bladerunner - 7/8/2006 12:25:55 PM)
So Little Punk is the one assighned by the Davis office to watch I guess we've moved up in the world, Davis is a little scared!!!! Hey dude your wrong, Davis led the people on that he was in favor of term limits. Davis plays games with the English language to confurse everyone and cover his ass.

And he took the money from Exxon--sorry it's out of the bag now, and it's only going to get worse for him. Davis is part of the K street money makers all GOP and they're some crooked SOB's. The Chinks in his golden armor are coming out.......

COMMENT HIDDEN (littlepunk - 7/8/2006 2:50:44 PM)

Hurst/Feder/Moran will do even better (Lowell - 7/8/2006 9:54:07 PM)
Oh, and FYI, we've been strongly supportive of Andy Hurst for a long time now.  Do a search on "hurst" and you'll see what I mean.

Au revoir, et bon voyage!

But if you want to make an issue of an incumbent's lies... (Bubby - 7/9/2006 3:58:36 PM)
You simply do what Andrea did - dig up the facts and make the lie public.  Welcome to reality-based politics punk.


Have a good time in France (bladerunner - 7/8/2006 3:36:40 PM)
Well Little Punk, seriously, have a good time in France, sounds like fun, but don't advertise that you're an American cause Bush and his followers like Tom Davis have made it uncool to be an American around the world. I am sure Andy Hurst is well aware that running against Tom Davis will be tough especially since the Washington Post has signed a contract with Davis in promising not to say anything bad about him. They're busy writing articles about his golf game!

You know Davis didn't stay in office this long without doing shady bullshit. Believe me there's a lot more than Davis' admission to saying he believes in term limits and then changing his mind. Oh he's going to come out and say how much money he's brought to the roads around this area--and his favorite tag line, "If it wasn't for me there would be no new The Wilson Bridge". I think the voters of Fairfax want change and when they see how far to the right Tom Davis really is (Terry Schiavo for all you social politicians)they'll think twice. Davis is part of the problem why Congress approval rating is almost in the single digits with Americans--He's no different than Bush.

Do not underestimate Andy Hurst and the political climate he is taping into--Voters want change. They're tired of the Iraq war that the Bush(Davis supported) so stupidly got us into. Hurst didn't get as far in his career twiddling his thumbs, he's a shaker and a mover. He has a lot to offer the people of the 11th District: Honesty, passion, and he'll do the right thing, even if it may not be the most popular. Davis'experience doesn't mean jack when he misleads the voters of the 11th District, especially the Federal Workers..stay tuned...

Littlepunk is wrong again (Mookie - 7/9/2006 3:04:33 PM)
That Littlepunk must work for Davis if he/she is going to France.  After all, Davis accepted the most valuable trips paid for by private interests.  Now, Davis justifies accepting all these gifts in part to his having the biggest staff on the Committee for Government Reform, and that might be acceptable if the committee actually investigated anything.  However, since Bush took the White House, the Committee has ignored its core duty to oversee corruption and incompetence in the executive branch.  It didn’t schedule an investigation or issue any subpoenas for the lies about WMDs in Iraq, Abu Gharib prison, Jack Abramoff, or the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame.

As for helping his constituents, the CIA is in his District.  He doesn’t seem interested in helping Plame or her husband, who had warned the information on WMDs in Iraq was false.

As for the bridge and NoVa transportation, considering that Davis is the one who brought uncontrolled development into the area to benefit his donors, the fact that after years of gridlock he’s finally using taxpayer dollars to fund the roads that the developers should have funded, is no consolation. Those developers are big Davis contributors, too.  They include Robert Pence, the wealthy Republican developer who gave Davis thousands of dollars and a trip to Italy on private jets, and wealthy Republican developer Ted Lerner, the guy who bought the Washington Nationals after Davis prevented the sale to Democrat George Soros.

Donate your Starbucks money for democracy! (Mookie - 7/9/2006 3:21:41 PM)
Now that Andy is a member of ActBlue, you can donate $10 a month ... or $25, or $50 from now until the election.  A small price to pay for Democracy, and think of all you'll save on gas prices and on taxes when the troops are withdrawn.  Contribute to Andy now! 

Weenie of the Week (Mookie - 7/18/2006 9:34:15 AM)
Tom Davis's lies get him the award of the Weenie of the Week on NLS.