U.S. Senate candidate Rodney Glassman is calling on John McCain to prove his independence and donate to Gulf Coast communities the $2.4 million he has taken from Big Oil.

McCain has taken $2.4 million in campaign cash from Big Oil companies and $36,000 from British Petroleum since 2006. McCain’s most well-known presidential campaign slogan was “Drill Baby, Drill!”

Friends of the Earth has identified McCain as the top fundraiser from Big Oil, headlining a bi-partisan list of the “BP 10.” The environmental group is calling on each Washington insider to show their own energy independence by giving the money to help the families of shrimpers, restaurant owners and roughnecks who have been financially devastated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“Arizona’s thoughts and prayers go out to our fellow Americans coping with a disaster created by Big Oil,” said U.S. Senate candidate Rodney Glassman. “John McCain should show he stands with the people on the gulf coast and show Arizona he is not beholden to Big Oil’s special interests by giving his Big Oil contributions to relief efforts.”

McCain once sponsored climate change legislation and supported energy independence. The United States has three percent of the world’s oil reserves and consumes 20 percent of the supply.

“McCain was once a voice for the environment, now he has become an agent of the companies that take hard earned tax dollars, fight against safety regulations and ensure America remains addicted to oil. The people of Arizona need a U.S. Senator who will look to a sustainable future and invest in renewable energy and innovative green technologies. For Arizona this includes solar.” Glassman said. “We can create thousands of Arizona jobs and improve our national security by not borrowing money from China to send to Saudi Arabia.”