First Slick Willy, Now Slick Al
Vice Pres. Al Gore has accepted more than $80,000 in campaign contributions from employees of fossil fuel companies, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, making it likely that he will surpass the $130,000 that Pres. Clinton received from such interests in the last presidential race. These contributions make some enviros nervous, but they have been slow to criticize Gore because he’s considered a far better friend of the environment than top GOP contender George W. Bush. By mid-July of this year, Bush had taken in nearly $1.2 million in individual contributions from fossil fuel company employees, not including oil money that comes via political actions committees.