The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the biggest oil and gas lobby group in the country, spending millions of dollars each year advocating on behalf of over 400 corporations who work in the petroleum industry.
So why is its president, Jack Gerard, speaking on behalf of the Obama administration?
The Hill reports that the Interior Department is set to release a new proposal regulating “fracking,” the controversial oil and gas extraction method in which water, chemicals, and sand are injected into rock formations, on federal lands sometime this week. Their source? Gerard, who said, “I expect [the new regulations] will be out tomorrow or Friday.”
Obama Administration Caves To Oil And Gas Industry On Controversial Fracking Rules.
Tell the SEC to Put Shareholders in Charge of Political Decisions – Common Cause.
In America, elected officials are supposed to answer to “we the people.”
But as the 2012 campaign heats up, hundreds of corporations are trying to wrest control of our democracy away from the voters. They’re tapping their corporate treasuries to invest hundreds of millions of dollars — money that belongs to their shareholders — to support some candidates and oppose others. They’re trying to gain the ears, and later the help, of the winning candidates, so that government will serve them and their companies rather than citizens and the public interest.
Citizens can stop this power grab, but we’ve got to get started – now. Through our retirement and investment accounts, millions of us own shares of these corporate political investors. We must use those shares to demand that corporate officers and directors keep corporate money out of our elections.
Common Cause has launched a national campaign on behalf of government of, by and for the people. We are calling on the top 500 publicly traded companies, asking them to pledge to refrain from political spending in 2012 and beyond.
Get Money Out.
It’s Time to GET MONEY OUT of politics
Bailouts. War. Unemployment. Our government is bought, and we’re angry. Now, we’re turning our anger into positive action. By signing this petition, you are joining our campaign to get money out of politics. Our politicians won’t do this. But we will. We will become an unrelenting, organized wave advocating a Constitutional amendment to get money out of politics.
As the petition grows, the wave grows. Email, Facebook, Tweet — GET MONEY OUT. We are using The Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC, and our ability to influence other media outlets as a platform to force this issue to the center of the 2012 elections. Join us.
From our former Washington Lobbyist, Jimmy Williams, here is a DRAFT of our Constitutional Amendment for public debate this fall:
“No person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign, shall be allowed to contribute money, directly or indirectly, to any candidate for Federal office or to contribute money on behalf of or opposed to any type of campaign for Federal office. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, campaign contributions to candidates for Federal office shall not constitute speech of any kind as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution or any amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Congress shall set forth a federal holiday for the purposes of voting for candidates for Federal office.”
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“There’s something in their tea.
That’s the only explanation I can think of to explain the bizarre babblings of Tea Party Republicans.
And the rants of these global-warming-denying, Social-Security-cutting, clean-air-hating, job-cutting, Wall-Street-protecting tea party types would be funny if it weren’t for one thing:
Money. Lots of it.
Backed by millions of dollars raised by Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, what would pass for a cheap side show at a flea-bitten circus has become a dangerous political force that threatens the very future of our country.”