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Romney oil adviser also a big super PAC donor

Associated Press Modified: May 23, 2012 at 2:01 am •  Published: May 23, 2012
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Oklahoma oil billionaire Harold Hamm didn't wait long to give almost $1 million to a group supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney after he became Romney's top energy adviser in March.

Campaign reports show that just weeks after joining the Romney campaign, Hamm gave $985,000 to a pro-Romney super PAC.

Hamm's company, Continental Resources Inc., oversees oilfield stakes in North Dakota and Montana. Hamm has been disdainful of President Barack Obama's energy policies. On his website, Hamm complains that the Obama administration has "done everything in their power to stop fossil fuel usage."

Hamm matched his contributions with his role personally advising Romney on energy policy, blurring the line between the campaign and the super PACs that support them but are legally barred from coordinating with candidates.