Bigger Villain: BP or Goldman Sachs?

By David Schoetz

Jun 16, 2010 11:49pm

The executives for BP met today face-to-face with President Obama at the White House — and announced a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the ongoing oil spill. There is little doubt that the oil giant, including CEO Tony Hayward, pictured above, is the villain of the moment. But not long ago, banking giant Goldman Sachs played the same role — after the SEC slapped them with a civil suit for allegedly failing to properly disclose details about their mortgage business while raking in enormous profits. Interestingly, a BrandIndex survey recently found that Goldman Sachs is still less popular than BP. So tonight, we ask you: Who's the bigger villain in your opinion? Tell us what you think. Embedded below are remarks made by BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg after the White House meeting in which he talked about helping the "little people," a comment he has already apologized for that may further tarnish the BP brand.

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