MOVEON.

ORG POLITICAL ACTION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 3, 2006

*** Telepress Conference: Monday, 1pm EST ***

New “Red Handed” TV Ads Part of $1.3 Million Campaign
Ads Blast 4 Members of Congress for Big Oil Votes; Run in Leaning-Competitive Districts
Local MoveOn Members: Represent Constituents, not Bush Cronies; Call for New Leadership in Their Districts
The voting records of four Republican members of Congress in support of energy and big oil company profits come under fire this week when MoveOn.org Political Action unveils the first in a series of television ads that will run through June. MoveOn will spend about $1.3 million showing these Republicans caught “red handed.”

MoveOn.org Political Action plans to hold a telepress conference on Monday, April 3 at 1pm EST for national reporters to launch the ad campaign. [Details below]
The inaugural ad campaign will target Representatives Chris Chocola (IN-2), Thelma Drake (VA-2), Nancy Johnson (CT-5) and Deborah Pryce (OH-15) for taking money from oil and energy companies and then supporting laws that give away billions to these companies while ordinary Americans pay more at the pump. These Representatives voted in favor of the oil industry and against a measure that would have provided the U.S. Department of Justice authority to prosecute oil companies engaged in price gouging. The measure would have imposed fines of up to $100 million on those companies found guilty. “Representative Drake and the others keep voting with their big-oil contributors, while we pay more at the pump. Why is Drake supporting President Bush’s policies that help the oil industry but hurt the people of Virginia?” asked Guy Sturino, a MoveOn community leader and retired high school teacher from Virginia Beach. The ads exclusively funded through small donations made by almost 13,000 MoveOn members, to run on local TV stations at saturation levels for 10 days in April. Similar ads will follow in the months ahead to the tune of $1.3 million.

“We’re making sure everyone in these districts is aware of their Members’ ties to big oil companies. These ads—which will run at saturation in four congressional districts for virtually everyone in those districts to see—will help us get the word out,” said Jennifer Lindenauer, Communications Director of MoveOn.org Political Action. “We need real leaders in the House of Representatives who will represent their constituents, not Exxon/Mobil, BP, Shell and Texaco.” The four members of Congress targeted are in districts that lean competitive but need an extra push. “We’re working hard to broaden the 2006 battlefield. As more and more people realize that the House is up for grabs, that’ll open the floodgates in terms of energy and support from our members,” said Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn.org Political Action.

To RSVP for the telepress conference on Monday, April 3 at 1pm and to obtain the call-in number, please contact Jessica Smith at: 202-822-5200 or Jessica@fenton.com. To view the ads and their substantiation, please visit www.MoveOn.org.
The script of the Virginia ad follows. The script of the ad follows. MoveOn.org Political Action TV :30 “Red Handed - Energy” Drake (VA-02)

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OPEN ON A FOLDER. WE SEE THE NAME “THELMA DRAKE” ACROSS THE FRONT. DRAKE’S HEADSHOT IS PAPERCLIPPED TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE FOLDER. CUT TO THE INSIDE OF THE FOLDER, NOW OPEN, ANOTHER PHOTO OF DRAKE. THEN WE SEE PHOTOS OF OIL TANKERS AND REFINERIES, FOLLOWED BY PHOTOS OF GAS STATION SIGNS DISPLAYING VERY HIGH GAS PRICES. WE MOVE THROUGH THE PHOTOS EDITORIALLY– LIKE SNAPSHOTS TAKEN OF THE FOLDER.

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ANNOUNCER (VO): Congresswoman Thelma Drake. She accepted more than thirty thousand dollars from energy companies, and she voted against bills that would have penalized those companies for price gouging.

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CUT TO A CLOSE UP OF PHOTO OF REP. DRAKE. WE MOVE IN CLOSE ON HER RAISED HAND. A SPECIAL EFFECT DRAMATICALLY STAINS HER HAND RED.

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ANNOUNCER (VO): Instead of protecting us, Congresswoman Drake has been caught red-handed, protecting oil company profits while we pay more at the pump.

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CUT TO SERIES OF BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS WITH PHOTOJOURNALISTIC FEEL. FIRST TOM DELAY WAVING. THEN DICK CHENEY WITH BOTH HANDS RAISED. THEN JACK ABRAMOFF WITH HIS HAND UP, BEING SWORN IN. THEIR HANDS ARE ALSO STAINED RED.

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ANNOUNCER (VO): Tom DeLay, Dick Cheney, Jack Abramoff. And now Thelma Drake. Another republican caught red handed.

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CUT BACK TO IMAGE OF REP. DRAKE WITH RAISED HAND STAINED RED. SUPER FULL MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION DISCLAIMER.

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ANNCR (VO): MoveOn.org Political Action is responsible for the content of this advertisement. ///