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Fingerprint Bob Schaffer: Big OIl's Quarter Million Dollar Man

Contact: Joshua McNeil, (202) 785-8683 or October 23, 2008  

DENVER, CO -- Bob Schaffer has taken in $242,826 of campaign contributions from the oil and gas industries over the course of his career in politics, including $176,750 in the 2008 campaign cycle.   The contributions are tracked by campaign finance watchdogs at the Center for Responsive Politics. [ ]
"Fingerprint Bob is at it again," said League of Conservation Voters Senior Vice President and Colorado native Tony Massaro.  "Time and time again, Bob Schaffer has protected the interests of Big Oil instead of the interests of the people of our state.  And Big Oil has returned the favor, giving Schaffer campaigns nearly a quarter million dollars of cash.”  

Bob Schaffer is a politician turned oil executive who wants to return to politics.  As an executive at Aspect Energy, Schaffer developed international oil and gas opportunities, including making oil deals in Iraq.  He was a major supporter of the Bush-Cheney energy plan, which doled out $13 billion in tax breaks for the Big Oil.  “Colorado doesn’t need a Senator who opposes clean, renewable energy that will create jobs,” Massaro said.  “That kind of thinking belongs in the history books of the George W. Bush Presidential Library — not the U.S. Senate.”
In Congress, Schaffer earned a truly pathetic 5% lifetime LCV score and his misplaced loyalties earned him a place on LCV’s notorious Dirty Dozen.  Schaffer has consistently voted against incentives for developing alternative fuel vehicles and has fought increased fuel efficiency standards for automobiles.  In 2003 he supported Referendum A, a $4 billion blank check that would have raided Western Slope water for farms, ranches and people and delivered it to developers on the Front Range.  As a member of the House he voted against enforcing arsenic and radon water standards and opposed protecting water from mining pollution. In addition, Schaffer argued in favor of allowing nuclear waste to be transported on Colorado highways.
"The choice is clear in Colorado. Bob Schaffer left the House to work for Big Oil,” Massaro concluded.  “Now, with their cash, he wants to go back to the U.S. Senate to do Big Oil's bidding. Colorado deserves better."
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Schaffer Campaign Contributions
2008        $176,750
2004            $5,550
2002            $2,000
2000          $15,876
1998          $21,900
1996          $20,750
Total          $242,826

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