July 17, 2012
New TV Ad: Heather Wilson Shielded Big Oil Interests despite Toxic Water
Club Targets Wilson for Dirty Water and Dirty Politics
THE AD HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz62fMb02QQ&feature=youtu.be
Albuquerque, NM – Today, the Sierra Club
launched the second ad in a 2,300-point television ad campaign. The ad, titled “Drinking Fountain,” highlights
Congresswoman Heather Wilson’s consistent record of voting to put the interests
of her Big Oil campaign donors ahead of the health and safety of New Mexico
families. The six-figure, high-saturation ad buy will be seen by viewers in the
Albuquerque metro area an average of a dozen times in the next two weeks.
The ad highlights Wilson’s multiple votes to
shield chemical manufacturers and oil companies from accountability for their
contamination of hundreds of groundwater sites and multiple water systems throughout
New Mexico with MTBE. MTBE is a toxic
gasoline additive rated as a “potential human carcinogen” by the Environmental
Protection Agency. These same MTBE producers and Big Oil companies also
contributed thousands upon thousands of dollars to Wilson’s campaign coffers.
“Big Oil and chemical companies poisoned the
drinking water of thousands of New Mexicans, threatening the health of our families
and putting our kids at risk,” said David
Farrell, Sierra Club Political Chair for the Southern Group, Rio Grande
Chapter. “Instead of holding these
polluters accountable, Heather Wilson took their money and voted to let them
off the hook.”
While accepting more than $60,000 from MTBE
producers and oil companies facing lawsuits for toxic MTBE contamination,
Wilson voted four times for legislation that would protect those same companies
from liability for their dangerous pollution. To date, Wilson has taken more
than $700,000 from oil and gas companies.
The new ad is part of a coalition effort by
environmental and conservation groups to defeat Wilson and support the campaign
of Congressman Martin Heinrich, who has a strong record of voting to protect
clean air, clean water, and the health of New Mexico families while creating
thousands of new clean energy jobs.
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Paid for by Sierra Club Political Committee, www.sierraclub.org, and
not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.