The Washington Oil Party

Right now, the Republicans are holding a model Congress on the floor of the House of Representatives, attacking Democrats for refusing to sell America’s coastline to big oil.

If you ask them, the GOP will tell you they’re trying to solve America’s energy crisis.  But they all know that  offshore drilling won’t do that–hell, it won’t even bring down prices much.

So why are they there? Here’s a hint:

Ten senior Hess Corporation executives and/or members of the Hess family each gave $28,500 to the joint RNC-McCain fundraising committee, just days after McCain reversed himself to favor offshore drilling, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

Nine of these contributions, seven from Hess executives and two from members of the Hess family, came on the same day, June 24th, the records show. The total collected in the wake of McCain’s reversal for the fund, called McCain Victory 2008, from Hess execs and family is $285,000.

Here’s another one:

Oil and gas industry executives and employees donated $1.1 million to McCain last month — three-quarters of which came after his June 16 speech calling for an end to the ban [on offshore drilling]– compared with $116,000 in March, $283,000 in April and $208,000 in May.

Most of those outraged Republicans on the floor of the House have been in office for years.  They’ve had plenty of time to work on solving America’s energy crisis, including 12 years where they held the majority.  Yet, it’s only now–in the summer before a crucial election year–that they’re willing to take any real action.

Let’s face it, this isn’t about principled Republicans standing up for the American people–this is about a cash-strapped party using political stunts to rake in huge contributions from big oil. The more the Republicans yell and scream on the floor of the House, the fatter they hope the oil industry checks will be when they arrive.

The GOP spent years in the pocket of big oil, giving them everything they wanted in exchange for fat campaign donations, so it’s not surprising that–in the midst of an energy crisis–they back the one plan that will mean huge profits for big oil.

Don’t be fooled.  This isn’t the Boston Tea Party–it’s the Washington Oil Party, and they’re expecting you to foot the bill.


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