ALG - President Bill Wilson Calls Upon Rep. Hodes to Return Environmentalist Gifts, Support U.S. Energy Independence

August 28th, 2008, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government president Bill Wilson today urged Congressman Paul Hodes to return campaign contributions from environmentalist lobbying organizations and stand by the people of New Hampshire in support of domestic oil drilling.

“New Hampshire residents, and all Americans, are in desperate need of increased domestic energy production,” Wilson said. “And yet, Congressman Hodes refuses to support comprehensive legislation like the American Energy Act that will increase oil, natural gas, nuclear, and coal production across-the-board.”

“And now we know why,” Wilson added. “According to the Federal Election Commission, Congressman Hodes has taken over $6,000 this election cycle from the League of Conservation Voters, the Committee for a Livable Future, and Greenberg Traurig, a law firm that actually helps clients sue corporations for emitting so-called greenhouse gases.”

“Congressman Hodes should return those campaign donations,” said Wilson. “Nobody can trust him to do what is right and increase domestic energy production when he is on the take from green organizations that are explicitly against more American energy.”

According to the Federal Election Commission website, Congressman Hodes has taken $1,500 from the League of Conservation Voters, $3,000 from the Committee for a Livable Future, and $2,000 from Greenberg Traurig thus far this election cycle.

“Congressman Hodes should immediately repudiate his unseemly ties with the environmentalist lobby and support the American Energy Act,” said Wilson.

Wilson’s message to Rep. Hodes comes on the heels of dire warnings by the Farmer’s Almanac of a colder-than-average winter in the coming months. U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) warned that if Congress fails to act, residents of the Northeast may “freeze to death” this winer.

According to Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), the price of heating oil in the state has tripled in the past five years. And it is expected to rise another 45 percent this coming winter.

“Congressman Hodes needs to choose ye this day whom you will serve: the extremist greens who want to restrict American energy supplies, or the American people who are suffering horribly for the dependence on foreign oil Mr. Hodes has helped sustain,” he said.

“Now is not the time to be restricting American energy supplies. Congressman Hodes can become a part of the solution, instead of a part of the problem,” said Wilson.