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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 11:54 PM


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

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.


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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:02 AM

1. The "patriots" support foreign interests buying our elections

fony phuckers

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Fri Dec 7, 2012, 12:04 AM

2. +1. The entire ruling class is traitorous imo. They make laws that help US corporations avoid


taxes here & invest in overseas sweatshops; those countries use that investment to buy arms; then the same twits talk about "the china threat" & use that as an excuse to spend more money on arms here.

*You guys* built them up, traitors.

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