Carol Shea-Porter - Congressman Guinta Votes for Big Oil Giveway and then Denies It

Manchester, NH – At yesterday’s New Hampshire BIA Debate, NHPR Moderator Laura Knoy asked Congressman Guinta point blank: Does the Republican budget contain oil and gas subsidies?  Congressman Guinta replied, “It does not.”

Congressman Guinta knew he did vote for oil giveaways.  Guinta voted repeatedly against ending oil subsidies on the Budget Committee mark-ups on the FY 2012 and the FY 2013 budgets.  He also voted for the Paul Ryan budget, which protects more than $40 billion in subsidies for the world’s wealthiest oil corporations.

Naomi Andrews, Campaign Manager for Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, released the following statement.                 “It is disturbing that Congressman Guinta deceived Laura Knoy and the voters. The fact is that Congressman Guinta voted for the Ryan budget, which contained massive giveaways to oil companies and a $265,000 tax break to millionaires and billionaires. Congressman Guinta is now trying to hide his close relationship and support for Big Oil and Big Oil’s support for him. ”

Exxon Mobil has given Congressman Guinta significant campaign contributions.  Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has never accepted a dime of corporate PAC or DC lobbyist money.  Voters have a clear choice in November.



       Congressman Guinta voted for Ryan’s FY 2013 budget that would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit and protect $40 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil. It would provide people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $265,000, but middle class families could see their taxes go up by $1,400. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12Joint Economic Committee6/20/12]

       Congressman Guinta’s campaign received $5,000 from Exxon Mobil, which paid an estimated tax rate of .04% in 2011.  [OpenSecrets 9/17/12], [Center for American Progress 5/11/11]