Struggling to defend her record of votes in favor of tax breaks for Big Oil, Noem made the false claim that challenger Matt Varilek has accepted money from oil corporations, just as Noem has. This is simply untrue. The Varilek campaign has not received a dime from oil corporations. Noem, on the other hand, has accepted at least $69,200 in contributions from oil companies such as ExxonMobil, according to OpenSecrets.org. Her number one contributor is Moyle Petroleum, and the oil and gas industry as a whole is her 5th-largest donor by industry.