‘Completely Covered in Oil’: Ads Target Senators With ‘Oily’ Records

Jul 6, 2010 10:42am

ABC News' Huma Khan reports: A coalition of liberal groups are seizing on the oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico and targeting five senators for their "oily" records in a $2 million TV ad campaign designed to push an energy and climate legislation. The ads attack Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb.; and Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., for siding with Big Oil. Separate ads praise Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., for “voting to hold oil companies accountable.” Watch the ads here:

The ads are part of an $11 million campaign by the League of Conservation Voters, VoteVets.org Action Fund, Sierra Club and Service Employees International Union to push a comprehensive energy legislation. VoteVets.org has been using Gulf imagry in its ads since late May. In a busy legislative agenda bogged down with financial reform and unemployment benefits, the fate of an energy legislation remains clear, even though Reid has said he will bring it to the Senate floor this month. Democrats are not backing down from putting a cap on carbon emissions even as Republicans are adamant that they won’t support any bill that includes “cap and trade.”

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