Campaign 2010

Aug 01, 2006

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Special Interest-Funded National Republicans Mount High Horse in Florida

DCCC Press

Aug 1, 2006

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Special Interest-Funded National Republicans Mount High Horse in Florida Response

Worried National Republicans Attack Florida State Senator Ron Klein for Pledging to Change the Way Business is Done in Washington

NRCC Spokesman: “He’s a candidate who’s taken thousands of campaign dollars from Big Oil, Big Sugar and pharmaceuticals. He’s part of the problem.” [South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 8/1/06]

$616,000 Amount NRCC has Taken From Big Oil in 2006 cycle

$729,000 Amount NRCC has Taken From Big Pharmaceuticals in 2006 cycle

$9.2 million Amount Republicans Have Taken From Big Oil in 2006 cycle

$7.8 million Amount Republicans Have Taken From Big Pharmaceuticals in 2006 cycle

(Washington, D.C.) – Today the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released the following statement in response to comments made by national Republicans, big oil’s best friends, about Florida State Senator Ron Klein. The Republican comments call Klein “part of the problem” when in fact, the Congressional Republicans have taken $9,282,857 from big oil and $7,844,049 from big pharmaceuticals. The NRCC has taken $616,793 from big oil and $729,061 from big pharmaceuticals. They created the problem, and it’s time for a change.

“Just like lobbying and ethics rules, Republicans think the old adage about throwing stones from inside glass houses shouldn’t apply to them,” said Bill Burton, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “It’s time for a new direction in Washington because the Republican Party no longer realizes that the ‘problem’ they talk about is one they created.”

Republicans Voted For A House Energy Bill That Sent Billions to Big Oil.In voting for the energy bill, Republicans in Congress voted for a measure that did nothing to lower gas prices and gave short shrift to energy efficiency and renewable fuels all while sending $2 billion in giveaways to the oil and gas industry. [HR 6, Vote #132, 4/21/2005; New York Times, 4/22/05; Sacramento Bee, 4/22/05; Boston Globe, 4/22/05]

Republicans Opposed Cracking Down on Price Gouging & Lowering Gas Prices. In 2005, Republicans in Congress voted against three measures to provide the Federal Trade Commission with new authority to investigate and prosecute those that engage in predatory pricing, from oil companies on down to gas stations, with the emphasis on those who profit the most. This included price gouging of gasoline and natural gas, home heating oil and propane. [HR 3893, Vote #517, 10/7/2005; HR 3893 , Vote #518, 10/7/2005; HR 3402, Vote #500, 9/28/2005]

Republicans in Congress Voted for the GOP Medicare Prescription Drug Bill which Increased Premiums and Created a Growing Gap in Coverage. In 2003, the Republican Congress voted for a bill that made sweeping changes to Medicare that will give billions of dollars to businesses and the health care industry, while forcing seniors to accept annual increases in premiums and deductibles, and a growing gap in coverage for the prescription drugs they buy. Initial deductibles are projected to rise dramatically. By the eighth year of the program, the deductible and the coverage gap are both projected to grow by 78 percent. Insurance premiums, are projected to increase 65 percent by 2013. Meanwhile, the bill will give $125 billion in taxpayer dollars to businesses and the health care industry. [HR 1, Vote #669, 11/22/2003; Associated Press, 11/26/03; Washington Post, 11/24/03]


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