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Sep 15, 2005

Ferguson Takes Special Interest Cash to Defend Status Quo

DCCC Press

Sep 15, 2005

Ferguson Takes Special Interest Cash to Defend Status Quo

Congressman Mike Ferguson (R-NJ) Pumps DeLay Cronies and Lobbyists for Contributions While New Jersey Families are Paying Record Gas Prices

Ferguson's Fundraiser

FUNDRAISER INFO

Congressman Mike Ferguson has been good to Republican Leader Tom DeLay and oil and gas special interests and they have been good to him. In fact, Ferguson's Washington fundraiser is being sponsored by lobbyists for Alexander Strategies – a group with extremely close ties to the ethically challenged DeLay. Here's a look at who's who and what’s what:

$2,797,798 Money Congressman Ferguson has taken from PACs.

$63,000 Money Congressman Ferguson has taken from oil and gas interests.

$3.10 Price of gas (per gallon) New Jersey families are paying today.

0 Number of things Ferguson has done to lower New Jersey gas prices.

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Mike Ferguson is going to take special interest donations as he continues to fight for the status quo in Washington. Congressman Ferguson has taken $2,797,798 from political action committees (PACs) but has done nothing to change the status quo in Washington.

"This is just the latest example of Congressman Mike Ferguson's love for the game ‘follow the Republican leaders' even when it means leaving New Jersey families behind," said Bill Burton, communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "While Congressman Ferguson is filling his campaign account with checks from energy company lobbyists at his Washington, D.C. fundraiser, hard working families will be filling up their cars with the most expensive gas ever. New Jersey families deserve a Member of Congress who stands up for them before the special interests."

Scandal Update:

Yesterday, more indictments came down from a Texas grand jury for two DeLay associates who are accused of money laundering and violations of the Texas Election Code and criminal conspiracy to violate the Texas Election Code.

Republican leadership marred by ethical scandals in Washington. Tom DeLay admonished a record three times by the House Ethics Committee. In addition to these ethics charges, DeLay's friends and close associates have been indicted, some even arrested. One associate, super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff was recently indicted, arrested and later released on bail.

v Just last week, TRMPAC, a political action committee associated with DeLay, was indicted for illegally accepting corporate contributions.

Alexander Strategies Lobbies for Huge Energy Clients – Even Enron. Alexander Strategies lobbies on behalf of many large energy clients, including Nevada Hydro, Excel Energy, the National Petrochemical Refiners Association, and Koch Industries, and Lyondell Chemical Company. ASG even used to lobby on behalf of Enron Corporation. [Senate Office of Public Records, sopr.senate.gov]

Ferguson Voted Against Immediate Relief and a Stop to Gouging. In 2005, Ferguson voted against an energy plan that would bring immediate relief to consumers at the pump, increase the nation's investment into renewable fuels and energy efficiency and crack down on price gouging. This vote was also against a measure that would have, directed the Federal Trade Commission and Attorney General to exercise vigorous oversight over the oil markets to protect the American people from price gouging and unfair practices at the gasoline pump. [H.R. 6, Roll Call #118, 4/20/05]

Ferguson Opposed Protecting Consumers From Energy Rip-Offs. In 2005, Ferguson voted to defeat a proposal that would have helped prevent future Enron-like debacles by providing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) broad authority to deter and punish fraudulent behavior that distorts electricity and natural gas markets. The plan would also ensure FERC has authority to issue refunds for all electricity overcharges like those that West Coast consumers suffered through in 2000-2001. [HR 6, Roll Call #123, 4/20/05]

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