Campaign 2010

Aug 04, 2006

DCCC Releases New Ad on Chocola’s Priorities With Regard to the High Cost of Gas

DCCC Press

Aug 4, 2006

DCCC Releases New Ad on Chocola’s Priorities With Regard to the High Cost of Gas

New Ad Highlights Chocola’s Career-Long Allegiance to Big Oil Even While Hoosier Families Suffer Near-Record Gas Prices

$43,000 Oil Company Campaign Cash Received by Chocola

$300,000 Value of Oil Company Stocks Owned by Chocola

$2.6 billion Oil Company Giveaways Supported by Chocola

$2.97 Cost per Gallon of Gas in South Bend, Indiana

3 Times Chocola Voted Against Price Gouging

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced the release of a new ad entitled “Bother” that has begun airing in Indiana’s 2nd congressional district. The ad focuses on the skyrocketing cost of gas in Indiana and Congressman Chocola’s record of supporting big oil instead of Hoosier families. While in Congress, Chocola voted to send $2.6 billion in tax breaks to big oil companies and voted three times against gas price gouging protections for consumers. Indiana families face a choice this November. They deserve a member of Congress who puts families ahead of big oil companies, especially while drivers are paying more at the pump than ever before.

“With gas prices at record levels, families are the ones who deserve a break, not big oil companies,” said Bill Burton, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “This November, voters in Indiana are going to reject Congressman Chocola’s misplaced loyalty to big oil and choose a new direction for their families.”

Chris Chocola Voted For A House Energy Bill That Sent Billions to Big Oil. In voting for the energy bill, Chris Chocola supported a measure that did nothing to lower gas prices and gave short shrift to energy efficiency and renewable fuels all while sending $2 billion in giveaways to the oil and gas industry. [HR 6, Vote #132, 4/21/2005; New York Times, 4/22/05; Sacramento Bee, 4/22/05; Boston Globe, 4/22/05]

Chris Chocola Opposed Cracking Down on Price Gouging & Lowering Gas Prices. In 2005, Chris Chocola joined Republicans in Congress and voted against three measures to grant the federal government new authority to investigate and prosecute those that engage in predatory pricing, from oil companies on down to gas stations, with the emphasis on those who profit the most. This included price gouging of gasoline and natural gas, home heating oil and propane. [HR 3893, Vote #517, 10/7/2005; HR 3893, Vote #518, 10/7/2005; HR 3402, Vote #500, 9/28/2005]