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LCV Launches 2nd TV Ad Calling on Sen. Brown to Stop Supporting Taxpayer Handouts to Big Oil

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

November 9, 2011  

MASSACHUSETTS – Today, the League of Conservation Voters launched a second television ad in Massachusetts calling on Senator Scott Brown to stop voting to protect tax breaks for Big Oil. The television ad will run as part of the original ad buy on broadcast and cable in the Boston media market.

"While Massachusetts families struggle to make ends meet, Senator Brown is voting to hand out billions in special tax breaks to the nation’s most profitable oil companies," said LCV President Gene Karpinski. "Senator Brown should stop siding with his campaign contributors and stop voting to allow oil companies to profit off Massachusetts families twice: once at the pump and again from their federal taxes."

The TV ad highlights Sen. Brown’s vote in May when he opposed a bill that was supported by a bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate to repeal billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to the nation’s most profitable oil companies.[S940, Senate Vote 72, 5/17/11] Repealing these special tax breaks is again under consideration, potentially as part of the supercommittee’s efforts to address the deficit.  The ad urges Senator Brown’s constituents to contact the Senator to tell him to vote the right way on this critical issue.

Brown has received $152,100 in campaign contributions from oil and gas companies over the course of his career.  [Center for Responsive Politics] Two weeks before his May vote to protect oil industry taxpayer subsidies, Brown received contributions from Chevron for $5000 (5/3/11) and Conoco Phillips for $1000 (5/3/11), with Exxon contributing $2500 less than a week before. [FEC]

A new Public Policy Polling survey, conducted on behalf of LCV, finds that that 71% of those polled in Massachusetts think that tax breaks for oil companies should be eliminated with only 18% in support of maintaining them.  Additionally, Sen. Brown’s poll numbers have taken a big hit over the last two weeks while LCV has run TV ads about his environmental record and calling on him to end special tax breaks for oil companies, with his job approval slipping a net of 7 points. The full poll memo can be found here:

View the ad script and documentation here: 

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