American industries tend to play both sides by donating to candidates from both major political parties. That’s particularly true when it comes to the presidency, which oversees a vast federal bureaucracy influencing trillions of dollars in spending.
Even the oil and gas industry, which strongly favors Republicans, split its ticket when it came to the White House race in 2016. The industry gave $1.2 million to Donald Trump, whose campaign won over swing states such as Pennsylvania by chanting “drill, baby, drill.” But it also bequeathed $1 million to Democrat Hillary Clinton, who had promised to put “coal companies out of business” (while helping displaced workers find new jobs).
Not this year.
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