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JUNE 27, 2006
12:12 PM

Trevor FitzGibbon, 202-246-5303
Jessica Smith
Alex Howe, 202-822-5200

Rallies at 300 Gas Stations Nationwide Protest GOP Ties to Big Oil

WASHINGTON - June 27 -

-- Rallies at 300 Gas Stations Nation-Wide Protest GOP Ties to Big Oil

-- 'Red Handed' TV Ad Campaign Highlighting Republican Culture of Corruption Shifts to Grassroots Action

-- MoveOn Members to Call for an 'Oil Free Congress' and Clean Energy Policy

This Wednesday at more than 300 gas stations across the country, thousands of MoveOn members will hold "Rallies for An Oil-Free Congress," exposing Republicans in Congress for accepting campaign contributions from Big Oil companies while they do nothing to ease the burden of Americans who are paying more at the pumps.

The rallies are part of a National Day of Action, echoing the "Caught Red Handed" theme of MoveOn's latest TV ads that tie the Republican-controlled Congress to the culture of corruption. Political Action just completed three rounds of a $1.3 million campaign in the districts of Republican Reps. Chris Chocola, Thelma Drake, Nancy Johnson and Deborah Pryce.

"Big Oil companies have given millions in campaign contributions to the Republican controlled Congress, but that pales in comparison to the billions they've received in tax breaks and subsidies. Republicans have consistently rejected Democratic attempts to move toward energy independence and a national clean energy policy. With gas prices soaring and global warming a deepening threat, it's time to stop America's addiction to oil -- by curing Republicans' addition to oil money," said Nita Chaudhary of Political Action.

Since 1990, Big Oil has given more than $190 million to members of Congress -- 75 percent of which has gone to Republicans.

To attend a local "Rally for an Oil-Free Congress," please contact Trevor FitzGibbon at 202-246-5303 or Jessica Smith at 202-822-5200.


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