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Wash Post: Money from oil industry gushed after McCain backed offshore drilling

"Campaign contributions from oil industry executives to Sen. John McCain rose dramatically in the last half of June, after the senator from Arizona made a high-profile split with environmentalists and reversed his opposition to the federal ban on offshore drilling," the Washington Post reports.

"Oil and gas industry executives and employees donated $1.1 million to McCain last month -- three-quarters of which came after his June 16 speech calling for an end to the ban -- compared with $116,000 in March, $283,000 in April and $208,000 in May."

McCain in June kicked up a controversy by saying he now favors allowing states -- like Florida -- to decide whether to lift the ban on offshore drilling. Enviros and Democrats say the solution to high gas prices can't be found through drilling.