Mary Landrieu Is A Faithful Contributor To Anti-Energy Senators
In an editorial published in The Advertiser this past weekend, LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré clearly explains why Mary Landrieu’s ascension to Energy chairwoman will not change the Obama Administration’s assault on Louisiana’s vibrant energy sector and jobs.
“In Louisiana, we understand the importance of energy to our economy. Even during the Obama administration's relentless attack on energy producing businesses, the industry has found ways to grow our economy and create jobs. Unfortunately for Louisiana, Harry Reid's Senate has been a rubber stamp for President Obama's anti energy agenda. Although Sen. Mary Landrieu claims to protect the industry, her past political contributions tell a different story.
In 2009, Mary Landrieu donated $10,000 to re-elect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Under Harry Reid’s control, dozens of energy bills passed by the House of Representatives have died in the Senate. Given this fact, it is unlikely the Senate will move forward any bill beneficial to our economy, regardless of who chairs Harry Reid’s committees.
Just last election cycle, Sen. Landrieu spent $10,000 supporting Sen. Bob Menendez. Sen. Menendez was the lead sponsor of legislation that would repeal $24 billion in tax incentives for oil and gas companies. Sen. Landrieu also donated $7,000 to Sen. Barbara Boxer. According to Fox News in 2010, “Barbara Boxer has chosen to fight for cap-and-trade legislation under the auspices that somehow raising energy prices and costing America jobs will make us safer.” Of the 39 Senate Democrats who voted for cap-and-trade, Landrieu’s PAC has contributed to 30 of them.
Of all her many donations, one that especially sticks out is a $3,000 donation to Sen. Jeff Bingaman. In a radio interview, Sen. Landrieu said the reason that she couldn’t pursue critical revenue sharing legislation was Sen. Jeff Bingaman. She said, "I literally had to wait until Jeff Bingaman was no longer a senator.” Sen. Bingaman was a huge road block to Louisiana getting our fair share of our oil revenue, yet Sen. Landrieu made generous contributions to his campaign."
To read the full editorial, click here.
Mary Landrieu’s Failed Leadership May Cost Us The Keystone Pipeline And Jobs
“(Reuters) - Canada bluntly told the United States on Thursday to settle the fate of TransCanada Corp's proposed Keystone XL pipeline, saying the drawn-out process on whether to approve the northern leg of the project was taking too long.
The hard-line comments by Foreign Minister John Baird were the clearest sign yet that Canada's Conservative government has lost patience over what it sees as U.S. foot-dragging.”
Click here to read the full article by Reuters.
According to Keep Louisiana Working, “Landrieu donated to thirty-four Senators who have repeatedly voted against and spoken out in opposition to the Keystone Pipeline. Her donations to these Senators total over $315,000. Meaning, to date, Senator Landrieu has invested well over a quarter of a million dollars against the Keystone Pipeline and energy jobs in Louisiana.”
Mary Landrieu’s Support For The Gulf Drilling Moratorium
In 2009, Landrieu voted for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who would later impose a moratorium on coastal drilling, causing many oil companies to leave the United States to leave the Gulf Coast to drill elsewhere.
In 2004, Landrieu’s Jazz PAC donated $2,000 to Salazar for Senate.
Landrieu not only supported Salazar, she fawned over him during a hearing over his confirmation.
“It truly in some ways is a dream come true for some of us to have a person of your caliber and integrity and pureness of heart to run an agency that — and department that is truly in need of extraordinary reform and a man who has in his heart the capacity and background to fight for the people whose resources these are, and for a long time, they’ve not been managed well in many ways,” Landrieu told Salazar in January 2009.
“[A]nd so it really is an extraordinary opportunity, and I want to tell you will have my vote, you will have my support,” she continued, “and I’ll do everything I can to help meet the vision, to help you with the vision that you’ve outlined, which I think is ambitious, but most certainly necessary.”
Just a couple months later, Landrieu told Salazar, “I don’t believe the president could have made a better choice if he had looked all over the world, seriously, for a person to lead this department, than you.”
Once again Landrieu says she plays fights for Louisiana, but she repeatedly goes to bat for the anti-energy team and the Obama Administration.
Harry Reid Needs Mary Landrieu
Reid’s Senate Majority PAC has already been pouring money into Louisiana to defend his loyal Senator.
According to a report by Bloomberg, “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing everything he can to help Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu…He is set to promote her to be chairman of the Senate energy committee…”
"Mary Landrieu is a friend of Washington's liberals, not Louisiana's energy industry," LAGOP spokesman Ryan Cross said.