Ethics-Challenged Big Oil Blunt Plans TWO Fundraisers With Ethics-Challenged Karl Rove

rovePolitico reports that Big Oil Blunt will hold two high-dollar fundraisers with ethically-challenged former George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove on Monday.

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 Bushs top political adviser, while supporters donating $1,000 will receive a photo opportunity with Rove. The event alone is $500 a head.

But for someone who’s used to rubbing elbows with dirty energy lobbyists at Washington’s most posh restaurants (to the tune of more than $1 million in campaign cash, no less), the Rove event would seem like the perfect next step for a career politician who has twice been named one of the “Most Corrupt Members of Congress.”
Big Oil Blunt: offering Missourians the chance to relive the Karl Rove-style politics that defined George W. Bush’s eight years in office, for the low price of $500 a head.

A Match Made in Heaven: Big Oil Blunt and the Big Oil Bailout

Oil Drum Stuffed With MoneyLast Friday, it came as no surprise that Big Oil Blunt was disappointed when Sen. Murkowski’s “Big Oil Bailout” resolution failed to pass in the Senate. The Murkowski Resolution, which would have dismantled or frozen the Clean Air Act, was just another bailout aimed at protecting Big Oil, corporate polluters and lobbyists. It would have put public health at risk, jeopardized long-overdue action to hold the biggest polluters accountable and kept America addicted to oil.

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.

First of all, the Clean Air Act is not a “backdoor cap & tax scheme.” It is a law passed by Congress decades ago that requires the EPA to protect the air our children breathe. Secondly, Blunt feels no need to cite a source for the 32,000 jobs in the first year statistic, which, by the way, is false. The comprehensive energy bill that Blunt voted against last year would actually help create new jobs in Missouri.

He also fails to mention that Missourians spend over $10 billion on oil each year, while the U.S. spends $1 billion a day on foreign oil. Blunt’s buddies in the oil industry have been blocking energy reform for decades, but with oil spewing across the Gulf, it is now more clear than ever that our dependence on oil — be it from hostile nations or friendly coasts — hurts our economy, threatens our national security and harms our environment.

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.

Unbelievable: Big Oil Blunt Takes Halliburton Money While His Committee Investigates Halliburton/BP/ Transocean Oil Spill

Politico reported yesterday that Big Oil Blunt took a $1,000 campaign check from perennial bad actor Halliburton while his Congressional committee was investigating the massive oil spill in which Halliburton is involved:

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.

Halliburtons political contributions in May are the highest theyve 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.

Where does Big Oil Blunt factor into the equation?

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.

NEW POLL: Big Oil Blunt is the Least Popular Major GOP Senate Candidate

According to new polling data from Public Policy Polling, Big Oil Blunt has the worst favorability ratings of any major Republican Senate candidate this year. 41% of Missourians have an unfavorable impression of Big Oil Blunt, while only 25% view him favorably.

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.

Big Oil Blunt’s BP Money & Big Oil Record

We’ve pointed out before that Big Oil Blunt has taken more than $1 million from Big Oil and other energy interests over his entire career in Congress — including $487,798 from the oil and gas industry alone.

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.

Tax Day Edition: Big Oil Blunt Favors Oil Profits Over Clean Energy Jobs

On April 15th, we are all especially attentive to how our tax dollars are being spent. So here at Big Oil Blunt, we thought it fitting to point out today that Big Oil Blunt has consistently voted to continue billions in wasteful taxpayer-funded giveaways to oil companies.

Meanwhile, Blunt voted against three initiatives that would have taken away wasteful subsidies from Big Oil and turned them into job-creating clean energy tax breaks:

  • 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)

Investing in clean energy would create four times as many jobs as continuing wasteful oil subsidies. And the comprehensive clean energy bill Blunt voted against last year would help create 36,000 jobs in Missouri alone. But none of that matters to Big Oil Blunt, whose main concern is pleasing his oil industry pals.