Workers in the oil and natural gas industry have given Hillary Clinton roughly three and a half times more money than Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.
According to The Wall Street Journal, employees donated $525,000 to Clinton's campaign and $149,000 to Trump's through July.
Clinton is also beating Trump in fundraising among oil and gas executives, taking in $650,000 via a fund set up with the Democratic National Committee compared to the $470,000 he has earned.
One hundred seventy-five employees at Exxon Mobil Corp., reports the Journal, have donated a total of about $18,000 to Clinton's campaign. One employee has given money to Trump. Those numbers, reports the paper, only include donations that were $200 or higher.
Ninety percent of the $71 million oil and natural gas executives have donated to political campaigns during the 2016 election season has gone to Republicans, but the Journal claims only a small portion of that has reached Trump.
"I think most of us would agree that — nothing against either candidate — but we all wish there were better candidates," Pioneer Natural Resources CEO Scott Sheffield said in July, reports the Journal.
Trump's response to a question about fracking has hurt his image among oil and gas industry workers. He told a Colorado news station in late July he would support giving states the right to ban fracking.
That statement drew backlash from the industry, which supports fracking.
"It does show that although there's all this talk about being a businessman, there is a lot of nuance when you're talking about an industry that he's not familiar with," one lobbyist told The Hill last month.
Trump said in May he supports the Keystone XL pipeline proposal but only if the United States can get "a piece of the profits."
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