Veterans Launch $2 Million Television Ad Blitz Calling on Congress to Cut Our Dependence on Oil & Pass Comprehensive Energy Legislation
PUBLISHED: February 04, 2010
Group Targets Key Senators & House Members Obstructing Action
WASHINGTON, DC - VoteVets.org, the largest progressive group of Veterans in America is launching a $2 million ad campaign in seven states, as well as the nation's capital pushing for a comprehensive energy bill that will cut our dependence on oil, and calling out those who are putting contributions from oil interests above America's interest.
You can see all eight ads here: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=148620AB72AABAA4
The campaign was launched days after the oil industry revealed that it spent $154 million lobbying Congress in 2009-much of it in opposition to comprehensive energy legislation.
"The fight to get off Middle East oil is a matter of life and death for those of us who serve this country," said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org. "Every day Congress delays action is another day they are siding with oil companies and against our veterans," continued Soltz.
The ads use the so-called "Christmas Bomber," Umar Abdulmutallab, as a reminder that terrorists continue to target America, and that every day we continue our dependence on Middle East Oil, we continue to send money to nations with ties to terror. Yet many in Congress seem more interested in taking oil money from companies that do business in countries with ties to terror than they are in support a bipartisan effort to cut our dependence on oil and reduce pollution.
The state-based ads, which feature local veterans, are running in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, South Dakota and Wyoming. Most of these ads call out specific Members of Congress for taking thousands of dollars from oil companies, while opposing comprehensive energy legislation.
The Senators targeted in the ads have taken nearly a half million dollars from oil companies who do business in these countries - oil companies that oppose moving America to a clean energy economy that could get the United States on the track to true energy independence.
VoteVets.org is a pro-military organization of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, dedicated to the destruction of terror networks around the world, with force when necessary. It primarily focuses on education and advocacy on issues of importance to the troops and veterans, and holding politicians accountable for their actions on these issues.
Paid for by VoteVets.org Action Fund