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.

CNN Electoral Map: Who's ahead?

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. Cupper

    Through June, Exxon employees have given Obama $42,100 to McCain's $35,166. Chevron favors Obama $35,157 to $28,500, and Obama edges out McCain with BP $16,046 vs. $11,500.

    McCain leads the money race with nearly every other top giver in the oil and gas industry, though - Koch Industries, Valero, Marathon Oil, Occidental Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, the list goes on.

    McCain also has a big edge with Hess Corp. - $91,000 to Obama's $8,000 - which has gotten some attention. And, overall, McCain's campaign has gotten three times more money from the industry than Obama's has - $1.3 million compared to about $394,000.

    August 19, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Rush Is A Big Fat....

    Rush can't decide what kind of pizza I'll have for dinner, much less my President or VP. Give me a break.

    August 19, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. Bushed

    Bush and the CIA
    Aint no justice in the USA
    Bush and the CIA
    Aint no justice in the USA
    Bush and the CIA
    Aint no justice in the USA
    Bush and the CIA
    Aint no justice in the USA
    Bush and the CIA
    Aint no justice in the USA

    Obama 08

    August 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  4. Shannon

    I'm amazed at the ignorance of Obama supporters, check his voting record at, this man supports big oil all the way! IDIOTS!

    August 19, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. EX REPUBLICAN & GULF WAR VETERAN are the prototypical Republican. The second someone disagrees with the war you challenge their support for the troops. I served over in Iraq and hate the fact that we're over there. I also SUPPORT THE TROOPS * CONSIDER MYSELF A "PATRIOT". Remember this Jimmy, McCain hasn't gotten over the Vietnam War and will lead us to more just like it and Iraq if he gets in. His record of turning his back on troops is very clear. He talks a good game but def doesn't back it up. We need change RIGHT NOW!!!!!

    August 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Ginny Bell, what planet are you living on where the dems have been in control for the last 8 years?

    At least get SOME of your facts right.

    August 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. Bushed

    Rush and Rick Warren can go somewhere and kiss my foot. Neither one of these millionaires can tell me who to vote for. They're idiots.


    August 19, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Ken

    Mindless [R] congress people in the pockets of big oil???? Say it ain't so..........

    Go! Give it back to all the [R] scum in spades! Funny how the truth hurts. The [R]s have been continually fried by MoveOn for years now, and all MoveOn has to do is repeat the facts. Facts which the [R]s then spend so much energy and money on spinning and spinning, until all the little [R] voters are quite dizzy; dizzy enough to elect the next [R] microbe that come down the road.

    August 19, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. linda from South Dakota

    i agree, that mccain is into this for himself ,, the oil thing,, he wants to drill offshore,, but why?? we have plenty of oli stored here in america that was saved for emergencies,, well we ar ein one,, plus man of these are shutr down and apparently are under direction form the government to stay that way,, why not open them and use it? this makes no sense to me at all,,, it would solve alot of problems,, who agrees with me???

    August 19, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Kenneth

    As a North Carolina resident, I can honestly say that love her or hate her, Elizabeth Dole has done absolutely nothing for North Carolina during her tenure. Maybe that's the real reason why shes facing a tough fight for re-election. She rode the Bush coat tails on her way in and she should ride them on the way out. A yellow dog could do more than Elizabeth Dole has done.

    Lizzy, time for you to GO!

    August 19, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. Nancy

    I am consistently amazed at how hate-filled and angry the postings on here are from Democrats. (I think that's the party that is considered so much more tolerant, loving, forgiving, good-intentioned, etc. than Republicans.) I'm an Independant and am disgusted by the behavior of Dems and Repubs alike. One other thing, I just think it's brilliant when people refer to McCain as "McSame" or "McShame"...gee, if only there was a word that rhymed with 'Obama' that Republicans could mockingly use to demean him...Stick to the issues and leave personal, immature attacks out of the discussion!

    August 19, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Rick

    This is the pot calling the kettle black. There is no better friend to big oil than big ears himself.

    August 19, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Tom

    "And then one day he was shootin' at some food
    And up from the ground came a bubbling crude...
    Oil, that is, black gold, Texas tea."

    August 19, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Craig - Hastings, MN

    Anyone care to name ANY politician who ISN"T in "Big Oil's" pocket. Come on!! I dare you.

    August 19, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. mohamed

    Limbaugh's the funniest comedian on radio. I love his show.
    Go Obama 08!

    August 19, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  16. Jason

    Holy Monkeys McCain is a broken record.. $700 billion in spending for foreign oil... wind, tide, solar.. yada yada yada.. The drum beat goes on and on folks.. McCain can't even remember something that he has said at least a dozen times, because he's constantly reading it off of 3×5 cards.. Yikes, and you PUMAS want this man as your president?? OK....

    . Of course he's tied to big oil, he's married to Cindy, her money is in big oil.. McCain has NO idea how to fix the country, he has NO ideas at all. He is inept, flying around in a helicopter like a fool and by visiting an oil derrick doesn't make you energy savvy.. He's a hand puppet for the Republi-can'ts... McCain your politics are tiring and old.

    Can November get hear faster please, so McCain can go back in the closet and listen to more Abba.. Dancing Queen for the Commander in Chief? Please.. I wonder if McCain will live in the Pink house! Freak!!

    August 19, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    it's time for ALL of these old-time oil hores to be OUT of our government. of course her seat is threatened, she's just another corrupt republican conservative. and FINALLY most of america is turning away from the greedy neoCONs b/c we're sick of their fascist ruling!!!

    August 19, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. matmagandi

    Mr. Burns will be the best choice for John McCain's VP.
    He is rich, made billions (Billions Eh !) in nuclear energy business , he will switch to oil business in the blink of an eye , pro-war, pro-lifer , ultimate manipulator, a Yale graduate and kind of looks like Joe Lieberman

    August 19, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. KMAN

    What a surprise ... North Carolina Hillbillies are for Dole/MCCain! The state went for Bush in 2000 & 2004 ... enough said!

    August 19, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. cecil

    GOP/T = Grease, Oil, Petroleum and Tire Gages

    August 19, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  21. PUMA

    Maybe the Dalaibama should give his half million back...

    Hypocrite... and people wonder why he's falling in the polls...

    That and those polls are 20% wrong... ask around. When they ask you in the street you say sure I'd vote for Obama... cause if you don't you're a racist... but when the curtain is polled... you will pick who you want... and Obama will lose by 20 points...

    PS: The exit polls will be days off too... for the same reason... but when the count is over... McCain will be moving into the Whitehouse... and the only one to blame is a stupid cult following and the DNC for trashing Hillary.... Bye Bye Moron... Obama is done

    August 19, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    "...shootin' at some food"

    TOM, you rock, i always wondered what they said there. i LOVED that show!

    August 19, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. Barbara Campbell

    Here in Asheville, NC, Elizabeth Dole no longer has the support she once took for granted. Not only has she voted to keep Big Oil subsidized by American taxpayers, she has voted against the windfall profits tax and against tax breaks for alternative energy.

    She has also been a puppet and a parrot for George W. Bush. regurgitating the neocon propaganda at every opportunity; putting corporate profits ahead of people and supporting the Iraq War.

    August 19, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    Dole is a carpet bagger Senator who won her seat on the Back of her husband, like Clinton and not who or what they have ever done for Poor, Hard working Americans. She needs to be and will be voted out come November 5! It is about time the people of this nation wake up. I am proud to be an American where at least I know I am free, where the flag still fly for freedom and they can't take that away, not even McCain, Bush or Lizzy, nor BIG OIL. It is time to do something more than ourselves and that is to awaken the American Spirit where Eagles once soar. OBAMA-CLARK is the Change we seek!


    August 19, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Duop Chak, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Surrender monkeys? First time to see a politician talking as such. Very amazing huh?

    August 19, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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