September 22, 2010
September 13, 2010
I was not surprised to read that Blunt is raising more money than Carnahan. I mean he does have the big oil companies to fill his coffers. According to the The Center for Responsive Politics, Blunt has been one of the top recipients of oil and gas money in the last two cycles. We should particularly pay attention to his record as debate in Congress continues about cap and trade legislation. These oil companies haven't supported Blunt just because they think he's a nice guy -- they believe his votes and actions will line up with their interests, including any measures meant to reign in greenhouse gases.Click here to read the full letter.
September 12, 2010
Do Missourians really want a "protégé" of Tom DeLay who "became know for connections with lobbyists" to represent them in the U.S. Senate?
From his earliest days in Washington, Blunt angled to join GOP leadership. He volunteered for tasks, almost becoming "a nuisance," as former Rep. Tom DeLay, of Texas, a House GOP power broker, once joked. Early in Blunt's second term, DeLay rewarded his eagerness, putting him on the whip team in charge of rounding up votes.
Blunt was known as DeLay's protégé, like-minded but smoother, and became the Texan's chief deputy. When DeLay advanced to House majority leader in 2003, Blunt inherited his whip position, No. 3 in the GOP hierarchy.
With his star affixed to DeLay's, Blunt, like DeLay, became known for connections with lobbyists. DeLay's departure from leadership under a cloud in 2005 left Blunt on two rungs of the GOP leadership ladder at once during the administration of President George W. Bush, acting as majority leader even as he retained his whip position.
September 09, 2010
"Blunt was elected in 1996 and quickly became steeped in the culture of Capitol Hill."Click here to read the entire article.
"He developed strong ties to the lobbying industry."
"He has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from major corporations and trade groups..."
"Blunt has accepted contributions from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff..."
"...his close association with DeLay and a cloud of GOP scandals would hinder Blunt’s rise in the House leadership..."
August 24, 2010
And a hefty chunk of that has gone to Big Oil Blunt: in his 14 years in office, Koch Industries' political action committee has given Blunt $39,500 in campaign contributions.
The Kochs - operators of oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota and controllers of some four thousand miles of pipeline - are clearly dead-set on shaping an energy future that puts their interests over the public interest. Tax records indicate that since 1998, Koch Industries and a number of its affiliates have given more than $328 million to political and policy organizations, political campaigns, and lobbyists. Many of these recipients advocate for tax breaks for oil companies, making these investments almost a write-off for Koch Industries.
Unfortunately, that's only the tip of the iceberg. The article elaborates upon the Kochs' covert efforts to prevent environmental regulation and perpetuate our dependence on fossil fuels. They continue to spend millions to support highly influential academic institutions, think tanks and other oil industry-friendly front groups whose policies – shockingly – align with the Kochs' interests.
Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-founded advocacy group who has worked tirelessly kill comprehensive clean energy legislation and keep America addicted to oil, has announced that it will spend an additional forty-five million dollars before the midterm elections in November.
No telling how much of that will benefit Roy Blunt.
August 05, 2010
July 23, 2010
When it comes to raising money, Roy Blunt is finding that oil companies and other corporate donors enjoy writing checks to groups of Republican Senate hopefuls.Yes indeed. Big Oil Blunt gets by with a little help (more than $1 million...and counting) from his friends.
Blunt's backing from oil companies and energy interests has been a campaign trail topic in the aftermath of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf.
The reports show that oil, coal and other energy interests were among several dozen PACS that donated liberally to an entity called the Senators Classic Committee, which divided much of $664,000 in proceeds among Blunt and a dozen other Republican hopefuls and GOP senators running for re-election.
Contributors to the Republican committee included ExxonMobil, Chevron, Marathon Oil, Occidental Petroleum and Halliburton. Blunt enjoyed proceeds of slightly more than $30,000 from the joint effort...
July 21, 2010
This week Big Oil Blunt launched a new TV ad accusing Robin Carnahan of rubber-stamping the "liberal agenda." Let’s set aside the fact that comprehensive energy and climate legislation, which the Blunt ad falsely describes as a tax, would in fact create thousands of new jobs in Missouri while also curbing our dangerous dependence on oil and reducing harmful carbon pollution.
What's really amusing -- and has the added benefit of being true -- is that during his 14 years in Congress, Big Oil Blunt has consistently rubber-stamped Big Oil's agenda at the expense of transitioning to a cleaner, safer energy future.
In fact, the oil industry has given him perfect marks for rubber-stamping their legislative priorities in Congress (and, for his troubles, Big Oil and other energy interests have given him more than $1 million in campaign contributions).
The American Petroleum Institute, the main lobbying arm for the big oil companies, gave Big Oil Blunt a perfect 100% on its Voter Guide for the 110th Congress. Read about some of the big votes that Big Oil was saying "thank you" for here and more about Blunt's record here.
Hmmm..."Rubberstamp Roy." That just might stick.
June 25, 2010
The article describes the fundraisers as fancy affairs:
Rove is slated to host two events for the seven-term congressman: a breakfast in St. Charles and a luncheon in Springfield, the Blunt campaign confirmed to POLITICO.
Donors who buck up the maximum $2,400 contribution get a private roundtable with President Bush’s top political adviser, while supporters donating $1,000 will receive a photo opportunity with Rove. The event alone is $500 a head.
June 17, 2010
Guess who tops the list with $133,100 in contributions from PACs run by oil and gas companies and from individuals employed by those companies?
None other than Big Oil Blunt.
June 14, 2010
But Blunt has never been a fan of holding polluter's responsible for their actions and clearly puts special interests ahead of public interests. That's why he is a cosponsor of multiple pieces of companion legislation in the House (HJ Res. 77, HR 391).
However, it's never enough for him to just sponsor bills designed to protect special interests. In typical Big Oil Blunt fashion, he felt the need to tweet bad information for all the world to see.
@RoyBlunt - Washington Democrats this week supported a backdoor cap & tax scheme. Cap & tax will kill 32,000 jobs in Missouri in 1st year.
Sadly, instead of helping Missouri transition to a local sources of clean, secure energy, Big Oil Blunt is determined to continuing siding with the Big Oil companies that fund his campaigns.
June 03, 2010
Unbelievable: Big Oil Blunt Takes Halliburton Money While His Committee Investigates Halliburton/BP/ Transocean Oil Spill
As Congress investigated its role in the doomed Deep Horizon oil rig, Halliburton donated $17,000 to candidates running for federal office, giving money to several lawmakers on committees that have launched inquiries into the massive spill.Where does Big Oil Blunt factor into the equation?
Halliburton’s political contributions in May are the highest they’ve been since September 2009, when the PAC also gave $17,000 in donations. In fact, the last time the company gave more than $17,000 in one month was when it donated $25,000 during the heat of the presidential campaign in September 2008.
In the House Reps. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), who serves on the Natural Resources Committee, Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) and Dave Camp (R-Mich.) all received $1,000 from the oil giant.In fact, Blunt's committee held a hearing May 27th on the massive spill's causes and the response.
Conflict of interest much? Well, now that you mention it, yes: Big Oil Blunt has also taken $11,500 from the oil giant BP's federal PAC, which makes him one of the top ten Congressional recipients of dirty BP PAC money.
May 17, 2010
Maybe that's because he's so out of touch with Missourians on the issues that matter. As we've reported in this space, Big Oil Blunt is wearing his unpopular support for Big Oil over clean energy jobs for Missouri as a badge of honor: he's proud of his 100% rating on the Big Oil scorecard, and he's repeating phony attacks on clean energy that fact-checkers have called "FALSE" over and over again.
Worst of all, Big Oil Blunt doesn't even seem to know where his constituents stand on passing common-sense clean energy and climate legislation.
Two major polls show that voters support a comprehensive clean energy jobs bill like the American Clean Energy and Security Act, a piece of legislation (opposed by Blunt) that would help create more than 35,000 jobs statewide.
•A January 20th, 2010 poll of battleground states including Missouri showed that the public overwhelming supports a clean energy bill that caps carbon pollution: respondents supported by a 58 – 37 percent margin an energy bill that contains cap-and-trade. Independents supported cap-and-trade by a +11 point margin.
•A November, 2009 Pew poll also revealed Missouri's strong support for a comprehensive clean energy bill, with 67 percent of respondents in support of a bill that would require factories and power companies to reduce their emissions of the carbon pollution that causes global warming by 20% by the year 2020, and require power companies to generate 15% of their power from clean energy sources like wind and solar by the year 2025.
Missouri voters also overwhelmingly approved a Renewable Electricity Standard in 2008, indicating their strong support for policies that invest in clean energy, create new jobs and reduce pollution.
At least Big Oil Blunt is better at raising money than he is at representing his constituents -- he ranks among the top ten members of Congress in campaign contributions from the federal PAC connected to BP, the oil giant responsible for the disastrous spill that's currently threatening thousands of jobs and ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico.
May 10, 2010
But, as the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf Coast continues, it's worth pointing out that over the last decade Big Oil Blunt has been among the top ten congressional recipients of campaign cash from BP's PAC, having received $11,500 from the oil company's political action committee since the 2001-02 election cycle.
It's also not surprising that Big Oil Blunt has consistently supported efforts to expand offshore drilling, voting to do so in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Additionally, he voted against efforts to increase fuel efficiency standards in automobiles in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007. The 2007 vote, in which automobile mileage standards were raised to 35 miles per gallon, will reduce U.S. oil consumption by 1.2 million barrels of oil per day by 2020.
Need more on Big Oil Blunt's record? Click here.
April 15, 2010
- Oil Subsidies Repeal (Roll Call Vote 40, 1/18/07)
- Clean Energy Tax Credits (Roll Call Vote 84, 2/27/2008)
- Clean Energy Tax Credits (Roll Call Vote 344, 5/21/2008)