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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:12 PM

Saudi-Led Oil Lobby Group Financed 2012 Dark Money Attack Ads


Saudi-Led Oil Lobby Group Financed 2012 Dark Money Attack Ads
Lee Fang on November 29, 2012 - 5:10 PM ET

The “American” in American Petroleum Institute, the country’s largest oil lobby group, is a misnomer. As I reported for The Nation in August, the group has changed over the years, and is now led by men like Tofiq Al-Gabsani, a Saudi Arabian national who heads a Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) subsidiary, the state-run oil company that also helps finance the American Petroleum Institute. Al-Gabsani is also a registered foreign agent for the Saudi government.

New disclosures retrieved today, showing some of API’s spending over the course of last year, reveal that API used its membership dues (from the world’s largest oil companies like Chevron and Aramco) to finance several dark money groups airing attack ads in the most recent election cycle.

Last year, API gave nearly half a million to the following dark money groups running political ads against Democrats and in support of Republicans:

• $50,000 to Americans for Prosperity’s 501(c)(4) group, which ran ads against President Obama and congressional Democrats.

• $412,969 to Coalition for American Jobs’ 501(c)(6) group, a front set up by API lobbyists to air ads for industry-friendly politicians, including soon to be former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).

• $25,000 to the Sixty Plus Association’s 501(c)(4), which ran ads against congressional Democrats.


............. http://www.thenation.com/blog/171529/saudi-led-oil-lobby-group-financed-2012-dark-money-attack-ads#

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:14 PM

1. Thanks for posting

As we come to the sixty-day mark from the elections we're going to find out who funded many political 'ads'.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:24 PM

2. Shhhh ...

President Obama stated in the SOTUS after Citizens United that the SCOTUS' decision "opened the door for a flood of foreign capital for the purpose of influencing our elections."

And Robert said, "No, it would ... Won't happen."

Mr. Roberts ... President Obama will accept your apology (and if you had any integrity, your resignation) at your earliest convenience.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:36 PM

3. Oh good

The same people that bankrolled the Sept 11 2001 attacks are funding the greedy obstructionist pricks. Can you spot the patriots?

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