NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Patriot Majority is urging Senator John Sununu to stop siding with big oil and, instead, to start supporting U. S. energy independence. Patriot Majority’s call to action is included in the group’s first 30-second issue ad in New Hampshire, titled “155 Billion Reasons,” and can be viewed by linking to the group’s web site, www.PatriotMajority.US. The entire text of “155 Billion Reasons,” with citations and backup documentation, is included in the following pages. “155 Billion Reasons” was produced by Jennifer Cunningham of Knickerbocker SKD.
According to Sean Sinclair, a resident of Needham, Massachusetts and consultant to Patriot Majority:
“Senator Sununu has sided with President George Bush to protect billions in tax breaks for oil and gas companies and also voted against renewable energy. Sununu even voted against increasing home heating assistance. Our issues ad is designed to encourage the citizens of New Hampshire to tell Senator Sununu to stop siding with big oil companies and, instead, start supporting U.S. energy independence. It’s our patriotic duty to take action on this important issue.”
Patriot Majority was formed on December 23, 2005 to encourage a public discussion about vital issues affecting the citizens of United States. Patriot Majority believes it is our patriot duty as Americans to pursue new policies that strengthen our national security, boost the economy and create good paying jobs, achieve energy independence, make health care affordable, provide quality education to all children and protect the public safety of all citizens. Patriot Majority broadcast issue ads in Massachusetts in 2006 and in Ohio in 2007.
Earlier this year, Ariel Cohen of the Heritage Foundation wrote in The New York Post, “As you go deeper into debt filling up your tank with $4 gas this weekend, look on the bright side – you’re helping to fund countries that hate you.” (New York Post, “Over a Barrel,” May 11, 2008)
Patriot Majority is an independent political organization under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code. It is not a political committee under federal or state campaign finance laws.
In June 2007, the United States Supreme Court re-affirmed that the First Amendment protects the rights of groups like 527 issue-advocacy political organizations and other grassroots organizations to encourage a public discussion about issues affecting American citizens. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the principal opinion for the Court. "Where the First Amendment is implicated, the tie goes to the speaker, not the censor." Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Anthony M. Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas joined the majority.
United States Senator and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the Supreme Court’s ruling. According to Senator McConnell, “This decision is a victory for free speech and confirmation that grass-roots advocacy organizations have the same free speech rights as all Americans."