Big Oil’s influence in Congress is toxic to the legislative process – like the oil now choking large swaths of the Gulf coast.
Money-fueled political favors for the oil industry mean lax oversight, pollution and inaction on climate change that’s threatening the very survival of some of our most beloved species.
During the 2010 election cycle, the oil and gas industry has already contributed nearly $14 million to federal political candidates and parties – money that could and should be spent to clean up Big Oil’s mess in the Gulf.
Say “No!” to oil money in politics and “Yes!” to Gulf restoration efforts. Urge your U.S. representative and senators to donate and any and all campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry to support local Gulf charities working to save wildlife.
As a constituent, a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund and someone who is deeply concerned about the long-term effects of the Gulf oil disaster -- and the corrupting influence of political contributions from the oil and gas industry -- I respectfully request that you donate any and all campaign contributions you have received during the current election cycle to support on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts in the Gulf.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the oil and gas industry has already contributed nearly $14 million to federal political candidates and parties during the 2010 election cycle -- money that could and should be spent to clean up Big Oil's mess in the Gulf.
Big Oil's influence on politics has resulted in policies that create toxic pollution -- like the oil now choking large swaths of the Gulf coast -- and fuel inaction on climate change that's threatening the very survival of some of our most beloved species and driving temperatures upward across the U.S. this summer.
Meanwhile, the Sea Turtle Conservancy, Save Our Seabirds and other Gulf-based conservation groups are desperately working to scrape together the funds for the years of clean-up, habitat restoration and wildlife rehabilitation needed because of Big Oil's recklessness.
I urge you to cleanse your office of Big Oil's influence by donating the political contributions that you've received from the oil and gas industry to one of the fantastic groups below:
Sea Turtle Conservancy
ATTN: David Godfrey, Executive Director
4424 NW 13th St, Suite B-11
Gainesville, FL 32609
Save Our Seabirds
Lee Fox, Founder and Executive Director
1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34236
Each of these groups is doing vital work to protect the communities and wildlife threatened by the long-term effects of the Gulf oil disaster, but they need financial support to clean up Big Oil's mess.
In the wake of the Gulf oil disaster, it's time for principled leadership in Washington. Please help clean up politics -- and the Gulf by taking a stand and donating Big Oil's contributions to conservation efforts in the Gulf.
I eagerly await your reply.
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