Friday, September 22, 2006

Ever wonder why you were paying three dollars ($3) a gallon for gasoline while all three branches of the Federal Government have majorities of Republicans? Maybe this Article will help explain:
"The oil industry is lubricating Congress
"Republicans get their fill of premium; Democrats sputter along on a little regular.
"By Lindsay Renick Mayer
"Minuteman Media
"September 6, 2006
"POLITICAL ANALYSTS may argue about how oil factored into America’s decision . . . .
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"4.4 Times More to Republicans
The oil and gas industry has contributed 4.4 times more money to Republicans than to Democrats in the 2006 election cycle, giving $5.7 million to GOP candidates and $1.3 million to Democrats as of July, the Center found. CRP considers the oil and gas industry to include multinational and independent oil and gas producers and refiners, natural gas pipeline companies, gasoline service stations and fuel oil dealers.
"The skyrocketing of oil prices seems to be a vulnerability for Congress as a whole. In a June, "USA Today"/Gallup poll, 41 percent of those surveyed said gas prices will be an extremely important issue in determining which congressional candidates they vote for this year. Fifty-two percent of those surveyed said they think the Democrats in Congress would do a better job of dealing with high gas prices, compared to 22 percent who favored the Republicans.
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"Votes for Overpricing Gasoline
"The MoveOn ads criticize lawmakers for accepting money from energy companies and voting against Democrat-sponsored bills that would penalize companies with a monopoly for pricing above the market. . . .
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"According to one political advertising consultant, campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry will continue to be popular ammunition against Republicans, especially. His firm has even stockpiled images of oil wells at sunset and people putting gas in their cars as preparation for what may be an oncoming onslaught.
"Lindsay Renick Mayer writes for, the newsletter of the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan research organization in Washington, D.C., that tracks the influence of money on elections and public policy.
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You can vote to turn your government over to the big oil monopolists (or oligopolists) by voting for the Republicans like Hal Rogers, or you can vote for Kenneth Stepp, the Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, who has received no money from big oil PACS nor advocates. Kenneth Stepp is for the little guy, like you. Kenneth Stepp will vote with the Democrats, to keep OPEC and big oil from taking more of your money, and getting $3/gallon for gasoline. No more Republican rubber stamps. Send Hal home. Had enough?! Elect Kenneth Stepp to the U.S. House, KY-05.

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