Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey has received a little less than $100,000 from oil companies during his career, but that didn't influence his position in favor of continuing to drill for oil offshore, he said Thursday in an interview with KDKA-TV's Jon Delano.

He shrugged off $2,500 from Halliburton given the day after the Deepwater Horizon spill began in the Gulf, saying he wouldn't expect the company to stop its political contributions.