Mary Landrieu’s Energy Hypocrisy
In an editorial published in The Advertiser, LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré clearly explains why Mary Landrieu’s ascension to Energy chairwoman will not change the Obama Administration’s assault on Louisiana’s vibrant energy sector and jobs.
“In Louisiana, we understand the importance of energy to our economy. Even during the Obama administration's relentless attack on energy producing businesses, the industry has found ways to grow our economy and create jobs. Unfortunately for Louisiana, Harry Reid's Senate has been a rubber stamp for President Obama's anti energy agenda. Although Sen. Mary Landrieu claims to protect the industry, her past political contributions tell a different story.
In 2009, Mary Landrieu donated $10,000 to re-elect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Under Harry Reid’s control, dozens of energy bills passed by the House of Representatives have died in the Senate. Given this fact, it is unlikely the Senate will move forward any bill beneficial to our economy, regardless of who chairs Harry Reid’s committees.
Just last election cycle, Sen. Landrieu spent $10,000 supporting Sen. Bob Menendez. Sen. Menendez was the lead sponsor of legislation that would repeal $24 billion in tax incentives for oil and gas companies. Sen. Landrieu also donated $7,000 to Sen. Barbara Boxer. According to Fox News in 2010, “Barbara Boxer has chosen to fight for cap-and-trade legislation under the auspices that somehow raising energy prices and costing America jobs will make us safer.” Of the 39 Senate Democrats who voted for cap-and-trade, Landrieu’s PAC has contributed to 30 of them.
Of all her many donations, one that especially sticks out is a $3,000 donation to Sen. Jeff Bingaman. In a radio interview, Sen. Landrieu said the reason that she couldn’t pursue critical revenue sharing legislation was Sen. Jeff Bingaman. She said, "I literally had to wait until Jeff Bingaman was no longer a senator.” Sen. Bingaman was a huge road block to Louisiana getting our fair share of our oil revenue, yet Sen. Landrieu made generous contributions to his campaign."
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