Just started playing with this nifty tool that allows one to visualize relational patterns of oil sector employees’ contributions to federal politicians.
I didn’t notice a difference between PAC money and individual contribution. It seems a stretch to me to say that because an employee of Chevron gave $1,500 to Obama, Obama is in the pocket of big oil the way Bush or Cheney are. One interesting thing to look at is how many people max out to all candidates. That would seem a prxoy for people buying access versus supporting the politician they actually prefer (for better or for worse).