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Sierra Club launches pro-McNerney radio ad

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Monday, July 28th, 2008 at 1:44 pm in 2008 November election, congressional district 11, Environment.

The environmental community is paying out some bucks to help Rep. Jerry McNerney of Pleasanton win re-election in November.

The Sierra Club will run radio ads today through Friday in six congressional districts nationwide where Democrats are running in competitive races against Republican challengers, including that of McNerney.

Environmental PACs spent millions in 2006 but they were chiefly motivated by an intense loathing of the incumbent, Republican Richard Pombo of Tracy. Some folks wondered whether the greenies would bother to come back.

Titled “Rolling In It,” the 60-second ad encourages members of Congress to fight subsidies to “Big Oil” and comes just before major oil companies announce their profits starting with BP on Tuesday.

McNerney is running against Republican challenger Dean Andal of Stockton, pictured on the right, a former Assemblyman and member of the state Board of Equalization.

Read more for the full Sierra Club press release.

Sierra Club Radio Ads Urge Action on Gas Prices
Ads in Key States Contrast Big Oil’s Billion Dollar Profits
with Consumer Pain & Economic Woes

Washington, D.C.–The Sierra Club today launched a major radio ad campaign urging Congress to take action to address our growing energy and economic crises. The new 60-second ad, “Rolling In It,” urges Members of Congress to keep standing strong against Big Oil and calls on Congress to break Big Oil’s stranglehold on America by cracking down on price-gouging, ending the billions in giveaways to the oil industry, investing in renewable energy to give consumers more clean energy options, and by offering consumers real relief at the pump.

“All this week we will be hearing the second quarter profit reports from the Big Oil companies, how they are rolling in it while hard working Americans suffer, our economy crumbles, and a 100-mile oil slick stretches across the mouth of the Mississippi,” said Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director. “President Bush, Big Oil’s backers in Congress, and shadowy outside groups are doing everything they can to push an agenda that will help pad Big Oil’s bottom line while denying consumers any real relief from pain at the pump. We are urging the public to tell Congress to stand strong and move the kind of legislation we need to end Big Oil’s chokehold on America’s economy, energy policy and politics once and for all.”

The ads come as gas prices hover near all-time record highs and the oil companies report yet another quarter of record profits. Last week ConocoPhillips announced a record-breaking $5.4 billion in profits—equal to more than one-third of the amount it earned during all of last year, which was itself a record. What’s more, the skyrocketing price of oil allowed ConocoPhillips to take in some $71 billion in revenue last quarter—approximately $24 billion more than the same period last year, even as it sold 200,000 fewer barrels of oil each day. BP will announce its profits tomorrow, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell will both follow suit on Thursday, with Chevron making its announcement on Friday. Profits at each company are expected to surge past all previous records.

The ads target the following Members of Congress and will be running in the markets indicated below today through Friday, August 1:
Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11)—Asheville
Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-11)—San Francisco and Stockton
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8)—Tucson
Rep. Chris Carney (PA-10)—Wilkes-Barre
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1)—Manchester
Sen. Herb Kohl (WI)—Green Bay

Sample script:
Sierra Club
“Rolling In It”
July 23, 2008

All this week, you’ll be hearing about the billions of dollars in record high profits the Big Oil companies are making.

They’re raking it in while we’re feeling the pain of four dollar a gallon gas.

Let’s face it — big oil has our economy, our energy policies and our politics in a strangle-hold.

But Congress still has a chance to break that hold, to pass legislation that provides price relief and helps hard working families instead of the oil industry.

Call Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at 881-3588. That’s 881-3588. Thank her for standing up to the oil companies. Ask her to keep voting to end the billions in government giveaways to Big Oil, to crack down on the price gouging that’s keeping gas prices so high, and to invest in renewable energy and give consumers more, cleaner energy choices.

Paid for by the Sierra Club

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Audio files of the ads are available at http://www.sierraclub.org/pressroom/media/

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  • Thomas Gilles

    The Sierra Club is a non profit organization. As such, it is not supposed to boost (or oppose the election of any particular candidate. This campaign seems to fit that description and therefore is illegal. We have had recent IRS actions taken against pastors who discussed political subjects from their pulpits. How is the Sierra club different?

  • Thomas Gilles

    The Sierra Club is a non profit organization. As such, it is not supposed to boost (or oppose the election of any particular candidate. This campaign seems to fit that description and therefore is illegal. We have had recent IRS actions taken against pastors who discussed political subjects from their pulpits. How is the Sierra club different?

  • Hilltopper

    The Sierra Club’s political activities are funded through a political action committee. No money goes to the PAC from members other than special contributions to the PAC. All money is segregated from other Sierra Club money. It is 100% legal.

    Of note, decisions to endorse take 67% vote of at least two separate bodies. The SC is also very democratic.

    John McCain Opposed Health Insurance For Children

  • Hilltopper

    The Sierra Club’s political activities are funded through a political action committee. No money goes to the PAC from members other than special contributions to the PAC. All money is segregated from other Sierra Club money. It is 100% legal.

    Of note, decisions to endorse take 67% vote of at least two separate bodies. The SC is also very democratic.

    John McCain Opposed Health Insurance For Children