The following press release is from the Democratic Party of Virginia. I would just add a link to this article, which notes that Allen “was one of the largest recipients of oil industry campaign contributions” when he was in the Senate, “feted by oil billionaire Charles Koch at the 2005 secret planning meeting Koch Industries organizes to coordinate conservative and corporate influence,” and funded/paid off by “oil and polluter industry fronts” since he was defeated in 2006. Can we say “100% bought and paid for?”
Allen continues to support taxpayer handouts to big oil
Former Senator’s campaign confirms his continuing support for showering big oil with tax dollars
Richmond, VA – As Democrats around the Commonwealth called him to account for spending years in the U.S. Senate doling out taxpayer dollars to highly profitable oil companies, former Senator George Allen’s campaign confirmed yesterday what Virginians had good reason to suspect: if elected, he would continue to force Virginia taxpayers to subsidize the big oil companies that are filling his campaign coffers.
Yesterday the Virginian-Pilot reported that Allen spokeswoman Katie Wright responded to Democratic pressure by defending the taxpayer subsidies for oil companies that don’t need them, even as Americans pay more and more at the pump.
“As big oil companies reap huge profits on rising gas prices, George Allen is running for reelection on the promise that he will continue to shower billions of taxpayer dollars on those highly profitable companies,” said DPVA Executive Director David Mills. “By defending these subsidies, George Allen sent a clear message to Virginians who want to stop funding big oil both at the pump and with their tax dollars: ‘Don’t vote for me.’
“Virginia families deserve a Senator who supports developing all of our energy resources, not one who puts his thumb on the scale to benefit his campaign contributors and block the development of clean energy and the jobs that come with it.”
P.S. On this same subject, check out the video of our own Miles Grant talking about the absurdity of taxpayer subsidies for super-rich Big Oil companies.