Influence of Oil and Auto industries on the White House:
[From San Diego Union Tribune:] ... the industry's power extends far beyond cash donations. The White House is stocked with former oil executives, beginning with Bush, who led his own oil company in Texas. Others with ties to the industry include Vice President Dick Cheney, who has created an energy task force; Donald Evans, the commerce secretary; and Condoleezza Rice, national security adviser.
The automobile industry is also well represented. Andrew Card, Bush's chief of staff, was formerly chief lobbyist for General Motors, and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, a former Republican senator from Michigan, reaped more campaign donations from the automobile industry last year than any other lawmaker, said the Center for Responsive Politics.