posted by Mark Moore (Moderator) at Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Yesterday I heard the Democrat's "attack ad" on Congressman John Boozeman. The voice on the commercial sounded like a college boy, and the attempts to paint Boozeman as in the pocket of big oil for a measly $1,000 contribution from an oil PAC struck me as ridiculous.As the ArkFam.blog and ArkTruth.blog have extensively documented, the Democrats raised $200,000 at an event in the home of the folks who own Coulson Oil Company just as the commercials attacking John Boozeman began airing. Since the Democrats in Arkansas were broke and in debt prior to the fundraiser, it is probable that the money used to attack Boozeman for being in the pocket of oil companies came from this Democratic Fundraiser held in the home of an oilman! The glaring hypocrisy must have escaped Willet and company at state Democratic Party HQ, but the rest of the media world caught it. Even the Dem-Gaz caught it.Blanche Lincoln accepted at least $17,000 from oil interests in her run against State Senator Jim Holt. Why aren't the Democrats running ads accusing HER of being in big oil's pocket?The ad asked "why isn't he doing SOMETHING about high gas prices?" As if free market forces are the responsibility of Congress to fix. Maybe he could back drilling in ANWAR over Democratic objections! The ad presented no plan of their own, no counter-proposals, and no class. All they did was attack the most conservative (if more liberal than me) member of Arkansas' Congressional delegation (and a very nice man personally).
From the Center for Public Integrity Special Report http://www.publicintegrity.org/oil/report.aspx?aid=345&sid=100Oil and gas companies overwhelmingly favored Republicans over Democrats in their campaign giving, the study found. Just over 73 percent of the industry's campaign contributions have gone to Republican candidates and organizations.When it came to tapping the oil industry for campaign dollars, no one has come close to former Texas oilman George W. Bush. The president has received $1.7 million in campaign cash from the oil and gas industry.That was more than three times the amount given to the next biggest recipient of the industry's largesse, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman and fellow Texan Joe Barton, who collected $574,000. Next came another Texas Republican, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who took in just under $500,000. The two national parties each took in more than any individual candidate, national Republican committees getting $24 million and Democrats a bit under $8 million.I think the Congressman is a nice man also, from a leadership perspective it would be a great example to the public for him to return the small oil contribution and in particular the 15K contribution from DeLay. Obviously, D's and R's alike suffer from a lack of integrity when it come to campaign finance.
Mark,If you want to run to John's defense, why don't you first learn how to spell his name.Freeman
Freeman,Hello!!!!!!!!!!! JOHN BOOZEMAN is how you spell his name.
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