In January, Big Oil was handed a gift that will help them try to fill Congress with their cronies.
A disastrous Supreme Court ruling has removed any restrictions on how much money big corporations like ExxonMobil can spend to elect their friends to public office.
This means that profit-driven Big Polluters can now spend unlimited amounts on elections, drowning out the voices of the majority of Americans who support clean energy and a healthy environment.
Consider what kind of damage this ruling could cause: In the 2007-2008 election cycle, before this catastrophic Supreme Court ruling, ExxonMobil spent just $800,000 on election activities due to existing restrictions. With these limits no longer in place, Exxon's record-breaking profits could be tapped without restraint. If Exxon diverted just two percent of their $45 billion in 2008 profits to electoral activities, they could outspend the Obama and McCain campaigns combined.
Congress must rectify this issue right away. Sign this petition to contact your members of Congress and insist they pass legislation reinstating corporate spending limits on elections.
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I am outraged about the recent Supreme Court decision that removed restrictions on how much companies like ExxonMobil can spend on elections. This ruling is sure to have a negative impact on our environment if dirty polluters like Big Oil are allowed to spend millions electing their friends to office.
I urge you to pass legislation that fixes this wrong-headed decision as soon as possible.
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