August 19th, 2008
02:50 PM ET
6 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)— MoveOn.org 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. ginny bell j.b.n.ga.

    YOU ACT LIKE OBOMA IS NOT IN BIg OILS POCKETS.....
    WHERE DO YOU THINK ALL THOSE BIG DONATIONS COME FROM//////
    i think oboma should be checked out......
    america needs to know where all that money came from.....for his campain....
    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.....
    i think some of you are just dumb........why can you not see this??????
    besides oboma is a talker and not a doer......
    do you really think we would be better off with a jr. dem. sen...at the wheel???????
    explaine...... what has he done beside talk since he has been in the sen....that is controled by dem......

    August 19, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Michigan Independent

    Joe Kiloz
    "Center for Responsive Politics on factcheck.org: McCain's oil and gas donations account for just 92 cents out of every $100 he's raised. Obama's oil and gas total comes to 12 cents per $100. That's a significant difference between the two candidates, and it's clear that the industry is favoring McCain with its donations."

    Please check your facts before you say things like that...and it should be obvious to you that the republicans are definitely in the pocket of oil...look at the last 8 years pricing and the push from the republicans to vote for extra drilling of which will not save us anything at the pumps for many years...and then very insignificant savings...facts are good for sound decisions...especially in choosing the next president!! Some people are counting on US citizens not finding facts BEFORE opinions...as well as narrow number of issues e.g. right to life...

    my thoughts

    August 19, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Republicans for Barr

    McCain serves nobody but Big Oil interests. He turns his back on family values, conservatives, religion, veterans, those earning less then $250k, children, minorities, allies, women.

    If you are a wealthy male oil lobbyist that enjoys spending your free time making propoganda films for the enemy, then McCain is your man.

    For the rest of us, It's Barr!

    August 19, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. jimmy

    AMERICANS TIE MOVE-ON.ORG TO THE BIGGEST INSULT TO GENERAL PETRAEUS AND OUR TROOPS. RMEMBER THEM.

    August 19, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Voting Values in the NW

    Republicans have put this nation where it is with energy, the-wrong-wars, miss-management of regulatory oversight, on and on... They can run from their own convention, but Bush didn't do this alone. He had Dole and McCain and the rest of the Republicans marching along with him. North Carolina has the common sense to throw out all the Bush-Republicans, including Dole.

    August 19, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. mello doug New Mexico

    Aren't most all politicians in the pocket of big oil? Surely that is why drilling off shore sounds just s-o-o-o-o-o good.

    August 19, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. jimmy

    REMEMBER IT WELL. MOVE-ON.ORG IS AN OBAMA SUPPORTER AND AGAINST GENERAL PETRAEUS AND OUR TROOPS.

    August 19, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. steve

    i'd rather someone be in the pockets of "big oil" as you hollywood-movie-watching types label it, than someone be in the pockets of billionaires trying to make another fortune off unviable alternatives and windmills (t boone pickens)
    although honestly i'd prefer a candidate who's in the pockets of big uranium even more.

    the funny thing is that all you nuts wants dirt cheap gasoline AND you want to tax the bejeezus out of the oil companies. sadly, you don't seem to understand economics well enough to know the two are mutually exclusive. when big oil is taxed, YOU pay the tax.
    you think "big tobacco" is coughing up the change for each additional cigarette pack tax increase? bzzzz it's you. you're the one paying for 10 dollars a pack, and you'll be the ones paying for 10 dollars a gallon if you get your way and tax "big oil" (yourselves) through the roof

    moveon has been at it for the ultra-left crybabies for 8 years now? when are they going to "move on"?

    August 19, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. MoveOn.org are leftists

    MoveOn.org does not represent the values of the Democratic Party. It represents the values of the left wing. The left wing does not represent the values of the Democratic Party. The Moveon crowd helped nominate Obama.
    Anyone understand why average Democrats are not excited about the election now?

    August 19, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Voting Values in the NW

    Nice coast you have there. Has anyone read about the Republican appointee Supreme Court petty award for the Alaska Oil Spill? 15k per plaintiff after 20+ yrs of litigation. Is Dole going to protect your coast from Bid Oil?

    Don’t forget that every off-shore drop of oil we drill for is just added to the “World” supply. It won’t belong to the U.S. We still have to bid against China for any oil, even if its drilled here. Better to invest in sources of power that stay here at home. Dole and McCain are Republicans. Nuff said.

    August 19, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Geri

    Maybe MoveOn.org should check out Obama and his life and how he voted on issued before they tackle McCain. A slimey organization for a slimey candidate.

    August 19, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. hillybilly

    drill here, drill now ,
    kill here,kill now,
    surge,surge,

    drill here drill now,
    kill here,kill now,
    surge ,surge,

    it appears the hypnosis is taking affect.......

    August 19, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. growingoldoffensively

    Whoa! The GOP being tied to Big Oil? Don't know if my heart can stand the shock! Tell it to go away!

    Gas was $1.56 a gallon when Dufus & Dufuser took office and appointed all those Enron people to positions of power. After consultation with all those geniuses we end up at $4+ a gallon and a president that says in a news conference "I didn't know that." when asked about gas prices.

    Then again Dufus didn't know about the 8/6/01 memo about terrorists using airplanes to attack us either.

    August 19, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Paul

    Come on America!! Wake Up.. we're smarter then this!

    McCain and his party of criminals are robbing us blind!! have been doing it for years.. I have never and will never vote republican for that very reason!!

    August 19, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Cant Wait

    Big Farm is a multimillion dollar industry that wants more biodiesel rather than more drilling. If food and fuel are both competing for corn, then the price of corn goes up, up, up. Illinois is the second largest corn producing state in the country. And, Mr. Obama is from where?

    August 19, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. jimmy

    SEN ELIZABETH DOLE SHOULD REMIND HER SUPPORTERS WHAT MOVEON.ORG ( WHICH SUPPORTS HER OPPONENT)
    IS ALL ABOUT.. REMIND VOTERS WHAT MOVEON SAID ABOUT GENERAL PETRAEUS.

    August 19, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Shannon

    did they also tie Obama to big oil, he is the one who voted for the Cheney Energy bill that gave millions of our tax dollars to the same big oil that he now rants against. He is now so upset with their profits, now that he needs our votes. When he just need their support it was ok to give them millions of our tax dollars. What a hypocrite, he is the worst!

    August 19, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. MikeH

    I'm not allowed to post here, my posts vanish after I press "Submit".

    Must have something to do with with comparing McLagan to murdering racists of the old south and Abu Ghraib prison guards.

    August 19, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. jimmy

    BIG OIL COMPANIES USE THEIR PROFITS TO EXPLORE AND DRILL FOR OIL . THEIR SHAREHOLDERS ARE ENTITLED TO DIVIDENDS ON THEIR INVESTMENTS. THEY NEED THAT MONEY TO EMPLOY PEOPLE TO SEARCH FOR , EXPLORE AND BULD THE RIGS AND PLATFORMS TO DRILL FOR OIL . AND FOLKS THAT WORK COSTS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.. AND NOT ALL DRILLING IS CERTAIN TO COME UP WITH LOTS OF OIL.

    August 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. john williams san diego, ca.

    at least they stopped at calling out Al gores's father and the billions he made at Standard Oil. SOCIALIST.

    August 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. johnson

    get your facts right – soros gave MoveOn 2.5 million in 2004 – a year when they raised over $70 million from small donors with an average contribution of $50 bucks. Soros hasn't given them a dime since. The GOP and right wing in this country continuously LIES about MoveOn because they have no answer for them.

    August 19, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. Kevin Collins

    – "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." -

    Quite a statement. Funny, though, that it isn't backed up with so much as a smidgen of fact. As a matter of fact, it was Democrats calling for a Homeland Security Dept while the Bush administration initially refused. I gotta tell, ya, using thousands of deaths for a baseless smear is pretty amoral, but, hey, as long as those tax cuts keep comin', right?

    August 19, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. Jan

    YES to big oil–maybe you left-wing nuts can find some oil for us, cheap, or construct some big windmills on your property? Or maybe you would prefer to freeze in the dark?.

    August 19, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. R.O.B.

    Surrender Monkeys?? I'm so sick and tired of all of these people in these high positions trying to strong-arm situations. They are always talking that tough talk about going to war and all this and that. I bet if you strip them of their authority and throw them out in the middle of a desolate corn field with one of the very people they talk about, they'll fold up and cry like a newborn.

    August 19, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. Pro American

    Would you hire a clerk to run the biggest company in the world? I don't think so….wake up and see the green behind Obama's ears.
    ps. Why is a half white man running as a black candidate???

    August 19, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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