Campaign 2010

Jul 02, 2008

FACT CHECK: When Schmidt Challenged on her Votes for Big Oil, Schmidt Doesn’t Tell the Truth

This week the DCCC launched radio ads against Representative Jean Schmidt for standing with Big Oil, while Ohio's middle class families are squeezed by gas prices. The ads against Representative Schmidt were recorded by a comedian impersonating President Bush.

 

Representative Jean Schmidt's response to the ad was, "I find it puzzling that Democrats believe you can somehow tax oil companies into cheaper gas prices.  That is a logic I just don't understand.  Further, the 2005 Energy Package to which they refer to was taken before I entered Congress, but let's not get the facts in the way of a good attack." [The Cincinnati Enquirer's Politics Extra blog, 6/30/08]

 

The ads did not refer to a 2005 vote, as Schmidt falsely claimed, but Schmidt's vote against the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Act of 2008, which took place on February 27, 2008. Whether it's plagiarizing a newspaper column, her exaggeration about earning a second bachelor's degree, or spreading her lies on the US House floor and refusing to take responsibility, Congresswoman Schmidt just can't be trusted to tell the truth.

 

"Once again Congresswoman Schmidt proves that whenever she is challenged and is forced to defend her voting record, she simply resorts to lies, smears and urban legends," added Rudominer.  "Maybe if Congresswoman Schmidt paid half as much attention to middle class families struggling to pay skyrocketing gas prices as she does to protecting Big Oil's record profits, we would finally hear something else from Schmidt besides more lies," said Midwest Regional Press Secretary Ryan Rudominer.

 

Representative Jean Schmidt is one of 13 Republicans being targeted with ads that begin airing during drive time radio the week of June 30th. The initial ad buy is for one week.

 

 

Background

 

Congresswoman Schmidt Voted Against Eliminating Billions in Tax Breaks for Big Oil. On February 27, 2008 Representative Schmidt voted against the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Act of 2008. The bill eliminated tax benefits for big oil and gas companies and invested the savings in renewable energy.  According to CQ House Action Reports, "The measure prevents "major integrated oil companies" (i.e., the five or six largest firms) from qualifying for the Section 199 domestic production deduction, and it freezes the deduction at its current 6% rate for smaller companies, raising an estimated $13.6 billion through FY 2018."  The bill passed, 236-182. [HR 5351, Roll Call #84, 2/27/08; CQ House Action Reports, Legislative Week: 2/25/08]

 

  • Washington Post: Bill Would "Rescind a Tax Break for the Five Biggest Oil Companies." According to the Washington Post, the bill would "rescind a tax break for the five biggest oil companies and use the revenue to boost incentives for wind and solar energy and energy efficiency." [Washington Post, 2/28/08]

 

  • Washington Post: Republicans, Bush Administration, Oil Companies Condemned Bill. According to the Washington Post, "The Bush administration, Republican lawmakers and big oil companies condemned the bill." [Washington Post, 2/28/08]

 

  • Washington Post: Bill Eliminated Tax Break for Five Biggest Oil Companies. According to the Washington Post, "The current bill raises $13 billion by eliminating that manufacturers' tax break for the five biggest oil companies: Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP and Royal Dutch Shell." [Washington Post, 2/28/08]

 

  • Last month, Schmidt falsely claimed on the floor of the US House of Representatives that "China is currently drilling of the coast of Florida with their new energy partner, Cuba." The claim was subsequently debunked and Schmidt refused to retract her remarks. [CincinnatiEnquirer,6/17/08]
  • "Schmidt, meanwhile, was reprimanded by the commission twice last week, for claiming a second bachelor's degree she did not earn..." [The Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/03/06]
  • Congresswoman Schmidt was accused of plagiarizing six sentences from a column written by then Ohio State Highway Patrol Col. Paul McClellan. [CincinnatiEnquirer,9/07/07]

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Phone Call" - 60 seconds

 

(Sound of phone ringing.  After rings, ANSWERING MACHINE picks up): 

 

Hi, you've reached the Office of Congressman Jean Schmidt. Please leave a message at the sound of the beep and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

 

("PRESIDENT BUSH" leaves message):

 

Jeannie..."W" here.  Wanted to thank you for continuing to support the Big Oil Energy Agenda.

 

‘Preciate you voting to keep giving billions in tax breaks to the big oil companies. 

 

Sure, gasoline is over four bucks a gallon and the oil companies are making record profits, but what's good for Big Oil is good for America, right? I guess that's why they call us the Grand OIL Party.  (Bush chuckles.) 

 

Heh, heh, heh.

 

Seriously, Jean, I know I can always count on you.

 

Gotta go. Bye now.

 

ANNOUNCER:

 

Call Jean Schmidt at 18007846366 and tell him to stop rewarding the oil companies and start standing up for hard working Americans. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising. Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, dccc.org. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

 


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