Muckraker: Grist on Politics

“Big Oil companies have our economy and politics in a choke hold,” says a new TV ad released today by the Sierra Club Political Committee. “They are getting billions from the government, raking in record profits, while we pay more and more for gas.”

“John McCain’s answer?” the ad continues. “Another $4 billion giveaway to Big Oil.”

The ad, “Full Nelson,” shows a family being squashed by oil barrels filled with cash. It goes on to praise Barack Obama (whom the Sierra Club has endorsed) for proposing an energy plan that includes investments in clean energy and energy-tax rebates for families. The 30-second ad will air in Colorado, New Hampshire, Ohio, and the District of Columbia.

Another ad released today by MoveOn.org also focuses on John McCain’s energy policy, and features a disillusioned middle-aged man calling the candidate’s offshore drilling plan a “gimmick.” You can watch both ads below the fold.

Sierra Club’s ad:

MoveOn’s ad: