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March 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
FactCheck.org answers your questions about U.S. politics.

March 20, 2009

Q: Did AIG give $100,000 to Obama?

A: AIG employees gave $104,332 to Obama during the 2008 campaign, the most to any candidate. They also gave heavily to McCain, who was third on their list.

Q: Are anti-drilling forces blocking access to the world's largest oil reserve in the western U.S.?

A: The Bakken Formation touted in a chain e-mail isn't the world's largest oil reserve. The amount of oil it contains, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, is less than one one-hundredth of the estimate cited in the e-mail.

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