This Ohio Dem likes to take Big Oil money. Now she needs a high gas price scapegoat

Marcy Kaptur accuses oil companies of ‘abusing consumers’ after withdrawing thousands from their PACs

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Getty Images)

Collin Anderson • June 23, 2022 5:00 a.m.

For years, Ohio Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur had no problem taking thousands of dollars from big oil companies. But now that record gas prices are threatening the 39-year-old incumbent’s re-election chances, she says those same companies are “cheating consumers.”

Kaptur has taken nearly $18,000 from major oil and gas companies since 2013, including $12,000 from BP Corporation North America, federal campaign finance disclosures To display. As Ohio sees record gas prices under President Joe Biden, the Democrat blames the trend on BP and other “big oil companies.” “As Big Oil raises prices and gouges consumers, a CEO recently called his company an ‘cash machine,'” Kaptur said in a May statement. Tweeter which included a graphic with a slash over the BP logo. “It’s scandalous.”

Kaptur’s new blame game shows how Democrats are trying to avoid political backlash over exorbitant prices at the pumps, which come after Kaptur’s fellow Democrats. oil executives under pressure produce less gas. Biden – who pledged to “end fossil fuels” during his campaign – has repeatedly blamed oil companies for raising gas prices, even after energy experts debunked the claim. In April, meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) insisted American public ‘blames oil companies’ for record gas prices instead of Democrats – even though survey after survey after survey finds voters blaming gas prices and soaring inflation on Biden.

Power the Future executive director Daniel Turner chastised Kaptur for his recent rhetoric, noting that the oil and gas industry product hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars in revenue in Ohio.

“If the congresswoman really thinks these companies are causing damage, then why would you accept money from them? That’s a big joke,” Turner told the Free Washington Beacon. “And if she really wanted to see the energy industry rebound, she would distance herself from Biden’s failed energy policies, which have caused the energy crisis we find ourselves in. Ohio is a very important energy state and critical.”

Kaptur’s campaign did not return a request for comment.

Kaptur says she has worked to lower gasoline prices for “working people” by supporting the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, a Democrat-led bill that Kaptur and her colleagues say would combat ” greed” of the oil companies. But four House Democrats voted against the legislation, with Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D., Texas) saying the bill ‘would not solve high gas prices’ and ‘has the potential to exacerbate the shortage of supply that our country faces, resulting in even worse outcomes.” Former Obama administration economic adviser Jason Furman also criticized Democrats’ price gouging bills, calling them “fantastic.”

In addition to Kaptur’s oil campaign money, the Democrat in December owned up to $100,000 in stock in Nutrien, a fertilizer company that relies heavily on fossil fuels, Business Intern reported.

Kaptur first joined Congress in 1983 and won all but three of his re-election bids by at least 20 points. Come November, however, she is expected to face one of the toughest campaigns of her career after Ohio’s redistricting process left her district considerably redder. Kaptur will face Air Force veteran JR Majewski in November – the Republican has raised $257,000 compared to Kaptur’s $974,000 as of April 13.

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