Reason #16 to vote for Michael Arcuri: Republican Ray Meier is the Valero Energy Corporation's candidate in New York's 24th congressional district.
Valero is a big energy company that you probably know best from their gas stations, which have been popping up all over America in recent years. What you probably didn't know is that Valero is the sixth biggest corporate contributor to political campaigns from the crude oil industry.
They set up the Valero Energy Corporation Political Action Committee, which works to influence politicians in order to promote its corporate agenda in Congress. That influence is bought through campaign donations, and that corporate agenda is to fight laws that keep our water and air clean, and to reduce corporate accountability to the people. They're pro-pollution and against alternative energy sources.
You know when they talk about super high oil company profits in spite of record high gasoline prices? They're talking about Valero.
Ray Meier is taking money from Valero.
You heard that right. Ray Meier is taking money from Valero, and using it to pay for his campaign here. And is Valero a company that has its headquarters here in our district, or anywhere else in New York State? Oh, no. They're based in San Antonio, Texas. The Valero Energy Corporation doesn't provide any substantial economic resources to our district. They just plop down a few chain gas stations, and then suck the profits from those stations down to Texas - taking more money out of our local economy.
But Ray Meier is taking money from them. Valero Energy Corporation is bidding to make Ray Meier their man.
If you have any doubts about how radical the political agenda of the Valero Energy Corporation is, just take a look at their record of donations to the 2006 congressional elections so far. 89% of their PAC donations went to Republican candidates. Only 11% of their donations went to Democrats. The Valero Energy Corporation Political Action Committee is a part of the right wing political machine.
Ray Meier is now hopping on board the Valero Energy Corporation's political machine. Are you going to join Meier, and let Valero take you for a ride?
You have a choice. The smart choice, for our local economy, for integrity in government, and for clean air and water, is to say no to Ray Meier, and no to Valero. On Election Day, show Ray Meier that we voters in Central New York cannot be bought by some powerful corporation from Texas. Vote for Michael Arcuri, who has not taken a dime of Valero's oily money.
Then, help teach Valero a lesson. If you're a Democrat who is sick of the George W. Bush and the Republican Congress running this America into the ground, show them that they can't push us around any longer. Don't buy a thing from a Valero gas station. Not one gallon of gas. Not one overcooked slice of pizza. Not one Twinkie.