August 19th, 2008
02:50 PM ET
10 years ago

MoveOn ad ties Dole, McCain to big oil

MoveOn released a new ad, 'Pocket,' Tuesday.

MoveOn released a new ad, 'Pocket,' Tuesday.

(CNN)— has their sights set on Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s unexpectedly competitive contest for re-election in North Carolina, spending nearly half a million dollars on an ad accusing the North Carolina senator and fellow Republican John McCain of being “in the pocket of Big Oil.”

“We could have provided clean energy for a million homes…or reduced our dependence on foreign oil,” the announcer says. “Instead, John McCain and Elizabeth Dole allowed big oil companies to keep $13.5 billion dollars in tax breaks.”

Dole, who currently has $2.7 million in her campaign war chest to State Senator Kay Hagan’s $1.6 million, was thought to be a safe bet for re-election, but finds herself in an unexpectedly tough fight.

The 30-second spot, “Pocket,” is MoveOn’s first Senate race ad this cycle, according to Communications Director Ilyse Hogue. She added that MoveOn currently has no set plans to use similar versions of the ad in other states, but has not ruled out the possibility, as the nation’s energy woes continue to dominate headlines this campaign season.

Dole campaign spokesman Dan McLagan downplayed the potential statewide impact of the MoveOn buy, saying Dole had already been hit with a million dollars in outside spending, “and they are welcome to spend more. That dog ain't gonna hunt down here. These are the same surrender monkeys that called for a peaceful response to the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans. Their credibility in North Carolina is pretty low."

Dole, who was the first female senator to be elected in North Carolina, was also the first female chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, serving from 2005-2007. Dole was replaced by Sen. John Ensign after the Republicans lost control of the Senate in 2006.

MoveOn isn’t the only outside group targeting Dole this cycle. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has sunk $6 million into an ad buy targeting the North Carolina senator.

On the presidential level, North Carolina — which hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Southerner Jimmy Carter in 1976 - is leaning toward presumed Republican nominee John McCain in CNN’s latest analysis of the Electoral Map.

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But Barack Obama’s campaign has made it clear that it considers North Carolina a battleground state, and has launched an ambitious effort to bring Democrats, particularly newly-registered black voters, to the polls in November. The resources being lavished on the presidential race are expected to translate into gains for Democrats further down the ticket, including Hagan. “North Carolina is a state that is a hotly contested Senate race, and also within striking distance of becoming a presidential battleground state,” said Hogue.

“There is certainly a buzz on the ground,” said Hagan’s campaign press secretary, Dave Hoffman, who also said Hagan would hit the campaign trial with Obama this fall.

The MoveOn ad, airing in Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheville will coincide with 130 events across the country to “show the local economic impact of John McCain’s tax give-away to Big Oil,” according to a press release from the group.

soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Wishing them a rare success!!!

    August 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Peter (CA)

    Steve-can you and your cohorts make a sensible argument instead of just spewing?
    Us Hollywood-movie-watching-types? Doesn't that include everybody in this country? Actually, doesn't it include everyone in the world??

    You prefer someone in the pocket of Big Oil as opposed to alternative energy guys..and you cite T Boone Pickens. Pickens is a Republican, Pickens financed the Swift Boat attacks on Kerry, Pickens is a Texas oilman like the idiot-in-chief.

    Right wingers just spew stuff they can't back up with any facts. And you wonder why we can't take your arguments seriously?

    August 19, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. nitro

    Add the other 4000 plus that died in iraq at the hands of a republican administration and what does Sen. Dole have to cry about , not a GDT.

    August 19, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Larry Buchas

    I would go farther. The entire Republican Party is tied to the oil companies. Just check their voting record when it comes to energy issues. Oil companies & Republicans are the only ones profiting from this rotten economy. How many existing oil wells are already capped?

    Swallow this:


    And if you take the last 8 years and divide it by the 2 oilmen in the White House, it equals $4/gallon gasoline.

    August 19, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Carl from MI

    They ARE tied to Big Oil!!!! With all the Repuglican and conservative 527's out there... they still complain pretty loudly about!!!! must be effective then!!!

    Poor Repuglican crybabies!!! Cry me a river.... you're going to lose by a landslide this November!!

    August 19, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Peter

    about time someone stood up to the GOP and wont hurt Obama for doing so

    August 19, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Barbara - NC

    As far as I'm concerned, Dole has been on the "dole" too many years. Nothing for the state – everything for her and the lobbyists – must remember to send more money to Kay.

    August 19, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Cant Wait

    Right you are, Nancy: the nastiest, most immature and narrow-minded people that post herein are the Obamabots. Their understanding of his policies are limited such profound revelations such as "yes we can" or "change we can believe in". The remainder of their brain matter is occupied with "clever" insults of Mr. McCain, President Bush and/or the Republican Party.

    August 19, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. pat C.

    i am so afraid that the american people are judging this election by color and not the best candidate for the job. we are suffering and have lost all credibility with other countries. i don't know of one country that would willinly step up to help us if we were attacked on our soil because of the renigade way that bush and McCain have bullied and bluffed and made horriable decisions that have killed so many people in the last 8 is so obvious that McCain will continue the cowboy tactics of bush and our economy will not be his main focus if at all. he will be consumed with his power to start wars and will become more of a mad man than he already is. please america take a long hard look at where we have been for years now and where we are headed with no change. i fear for america and i fear for the next generation that will be forced into wars made by this evil and powerful organization. that is called john McCain.

    August 19, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. biffington, biff

    the dems. had control for the last 8 years…….
    if oboma is the man why is america in the shape it is in?????
    he is a dem…… dems had control……. so go figure…..
    _ _ __ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Um.... Ginny.... "sweetie".....
    Not sure how to break this to you.. but um....

    the republican has control of EVRYTHING for 6 of the last 7.5 years...
    Senate (psst.. both of which make up Congress)...
    and of course.. the supreme court...

    so... not sure if.... you are on crack..... or not yet out of rehab.... or just think BILL Clinton is just now leaving the presidency... or you are just STUPID.

    August 19, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Lance

    McCain "allowed" Big oil to keep their tax breaks.

    That wouldnt be the generous tax breaks from the last major energy bill would it? In that case McCain voted no based on the wasteful spending and illogical tax cuts included and Obama voted Yes.

    Good job MovOn.....way to prove that all PAC's and 527's are liars (on both sides that is)!!!!!

    August 19, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Ridgeway

    MoveOn is a popular laxative in parts of Nova Scotia. It's appropriate the name is synomous with the American organization. They both deal in and are based in the same type sort of business. I think though the Nova Scotia product is more effective in that it actually contributes something to it's users well being while the American version just stays mired in it's own self.

    August 19, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. biffington, biff

    I am reading these comments and have come to the conclusion that the republicans are employing a David Blaine strategy.


    make YOU believe that the last eight years DID "NOT" SUCK..

    make YOU believe that gas is still $1.45/gallon (like it was before single party republican rule)

    make YOU believe that you STILL HAVE a good job, that it did not get shipped overseas

    make YOU believe that "there IS no recessions... IT'S ALL IN YOUR MINDS".....


    August 19, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. Cant Wait

    When questioned about the high price of oil, Mr. Obama responded that was "sorry that the price went up so quickly". That does not sound like a man who wants low-cost energy for America or cares about how the cost of oil impacts everything in our lives.

    August 19, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. biffington, biff

    ever notice how the republicans moan and groan when they are hit hard, then IN THE SAME BREATH, call Democrats whiners when they flat out LIE about a position we carry?

    August 19, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Reasonable Observer

    Can someone explain the difference between the tax benefits those evil Republicans give Big Oil and the subsidies the Democratic Congress just gave to the Big Farm Companies? President Bush wanted to limit the subsidies to companies making less than $2 million and Congress voted to override the veto.

    I guess some big company favors from government are "better" than others.

    August 19, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. Abbey

    I wish Move-On would simply move-on and find something to do that would acutally help the country. Can't their money be put to better use?

    August 19, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Paralegal in NC

    Sen. Dole only moved to NC to run for Helms seat. She has never been for NC and never will. I can not tell you one good thing that she has done for NC. It is past time to see her go and please let her take her husband with her.

    August 19, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Big Oil For McBush

    Big oil for the McBush is a good idea for him because that's how he's going to help our economy to contribute some of his earnings to it. Go Big Oil for John's another failed Bush's policy.

    August 19, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. biffington, biff

    Reasonable Observer;


    The difference is Farms receive subsidies to NOT produce certain crops as we limit exports of some items (thus effectively suppressing 'their' business.

    on the flipside, giving oil companies WHO ARE CURRENTLY GOUGING "YOU".... and making you less affluent with each speculated increase.... (giving them) billions more while they make record quarterly profits (to 'supposedly' look for alternatives) just means they have millions more to spend on lobbyists. period.

    August 19, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. Cant Wait

    Reasonable Observer, it can not be explained, and it is even worse than it appears. Big Farm even gets free engineering design and consulting from the NRCS. Once upon a time, until about the middle of the last century, farms were predominantly mom-and-pop operations. Now most farms are operated by mega-sized national and international corporations. However, government policies make no distinction, and the freebees flow freely to Big Farm.

    August 19, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. D. King

    The neocons are all corrupt and Dole is just a Bush clone. It's time to put the Dems in so we can have a fresh kind of corruption. Bring on the new corruption I'm tired of the old corruption.

    August 19, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. skinny dog

    Why don't you tie Zero-bama's vote for giving big oils big taxes credits, and violated his promise to you by voting for giving Bush's government the power of spying on you,

    August 19, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. BJ

    Moveon just needs to moveout!!! This organization has done nothing but sabotage this entire process by picking Obama!!!

    August 19, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. Military Retired

    If America is okay with a president who gave up military secrets as a POW then America will love John McTreason.

    Obama is not a saint, nor is he a saviour, but he has shown better judgement and intellect than the GOP candidate.

    Several days ago GWB admonished the Soviet Union and called them a bully. Of course, our country wouldn't do that...would we?

    For six years the inmates ran the asylum and the likes of R.P McMurphy enjoyed sitting in the big chair. It's now time for change!

    August 19, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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