Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Sarasota: Gas Station Rally

Gas Station Rally on Wednesday

Wednesday, June 28, 2006
SITE GAS STATION, 17th & Honore, Sarasota

*** Event Wed., June 28, 5:00pm ***

At Site Gas Station, Local Residents To Expose Rep. Harris as “Caught Red Handed” Taking Big Oil Money, Doing Big Oil’s Bidding
As Gas Prices Rise, National Day of Action Will Pressure House Republicans To Stand With Constituents & Stop Taking Campaign Money From Big Oil

Sarasota – On Wednesday, June 28, residents of Sarasota will hold a Rally For An Oil-Free Congress at SITE Gas Station, where they will expose Rep. Katherine Harris and other Republicans in Congress as “caught red-handed” accepting campaign contributions from Big Oil companies and then doing their bidding.

This is part of a National Day of Action that will feature events in over 250 locations around the country. As families across the country prepare to travel for July 4, rising gas prices are a big concern.

Big Oil companies have spent millions in campaign contributions to get Rep. Harris and other Republicans to hand over billions in taxpayer subsidies. Republicans have consistently rejected Democratic attempts to move toward energy independence and a national clean energy policy – instead voting to keep America dependent on oil and subsidize Big Oil at a time of record profits.

“Gas prices are soaring out of control, and that affects my family’s budget in a big way,” said local resident Anthony Brooks. “One big reason we haven’t moved toward energy independence is that Rep. Harris and Republicans in Congress are in the pockets of Big Oil – taking millions in campaign contributions and then giving billions in favors. It’s time for change in Congress.”

Since 1990, Big Oil has given more than $190 million to members of Congress – 75% of which ($142,635,314) has gone to Republicans. Republicans have then consistently done the bidding of Big Oil, rejecting Democratic proposals for clean energy.

Caught Red-Handed “Rally for an Oil-Free Congress” Details:

Who: MoveOn members in Sarasota
Where: [SITE GAS STATION, 17th & Honore, Sarasota]
When: Wednesday, June 28, 2006, 5:00PM
What: Local residents demand Rep. Harris stop taking campaign contributions from Big Oil companies.

Available for phone interview: Nita Chaudhary, National MoveOn.org Political Action spokesperson. Contact Trevor Fitzgibbon, 202.246.5303

***Excellent visuals.***

**Residents at local gas stations with signs and flyers, talking with fellow residents about Republican Big Oil campaign contributions and corrupt Big Oil agenda.**

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