FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2008
Washington, D.C.—The media is reporting that an arm of the Republican National Committee (RNC) is poised to launch $3 million in ads attacking Barack Obama on the issue of energy security. The ads are due to begin on Sunday in the battleground states of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Campaign finance records indicate that through June 2, 2008, the Republican Party had received $3,652,286 from oil and gas interests.¹ Through June 2, John McCain himself had received $791,777 from the oil industry and media reports indicate that he has since raised millions more at fundraisers held in Houston, Dallas, and elsewhere.²
Statement of Cathy Duvall, Sierra Club Political Director
"It looks like John McCain and the Republican Party have really hit a gusher when it comes to Big Oil's bank account. While Big Oil is helping to bankroll attacks ads using some of its billions in record profits, it has American consumers over a barrel.
"When Americans hit the road this weekend and pay over $4 a gallon for gas, they should consider whether they want their next president to be Big Oil’s best friend. It's the failed policies of Bush, Cheney, and Big Oil that have wrecked our economy and left us at the mercy of the oil companies and hostile foreign regimes.
"This Fourth of July, Barack Obama is offering us a real plan for energy independence while John McCain is merely offering more of the same recycled rhetoric."
"McCain Raises Money the Hard Way," June 19, 2008, Washington Post.