Allied Progress Expands Campaign to 5 States, Focuses on Bipartisan Group of Senators as Congress Considers Change in 40-year Policy
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Allied Progress – a recently launched organization that works to hold powerful special interests accountable and empower hardworking Americans – expanded its campaign urging lawmakers to oppose efforts to repeal the crude oil export ban with the release of a second round of television ads. The new ads target a bipartisan group of Senators in Colorado, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, and New Mexico.
The ads come as debate over the 40-year old export ban heats up in Washington – and following an ad campaign last week from the group that targeted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and called into question his position on the crude oil export ban. In response, Sen. Menendez clarified that he is indeed supportive of maintaining the ban as is and that any exceptions considered would be in accordance with what is already allowed under the law. Allied Progress subsequently removed its ad from the air and online.
“It is vital that Congress keep the fate of hardworking men and women out of the hands of Big Oil. Any effort to repeal or dismantle the crude oil export ban should be rejected,” said Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress. “Many Americans aren’t aware this issue is being considered in Washington. These ads will educate the public in several states and serve as a reminder to these Senators that we can’t afford to gamble with the economic well-being of American families. Now is not the time to buy into destructive tactics that would put the country’s economy at grave risk.”
Allied Progress also released a fact sheet last week, outlining the damaging impacts of repealing the ban.
A recent national survey found that a strong majority of Americans back Allied Progress’ position. In the survey, nearly 70 percent of all respondents were opposed to allowing oil and gas companies to export more U.S. oil and gas to foreign countries, including 61 percent of Republicans, 69 percent of independents, and 75 percent of Democrats.
Voiceover Script From the 30-Second Ad, “Barrel”
“Over the past ten years, we’ve cut oil imports almost in half, making America more energy independent. But now Big Oil is opening their wallet, lobbying Congress to let them ship American crude oil overseas, which could cost U.S. jobs, raise gas prices and make us more dependent on Middle Eastern oil. Call [SENATORS NAMES DEPENDING ON STATE] and tell them to keep the crude oil export ban. Because American oil belongs here in America.”