Thursday Chart: Fueling the Discourse

This Thursday's chart is a graphic examination at how one deep, deep, deep-pocketed special interest can shift the public discourse.

Via Mother Jones is a chart showing recent spending by the American Energy Alliance, an oil and gas industry PAC, attacking the Obama Administration's record on energy.

Regardless of how you may feel about the Admin's record on energy - but if you'd like to trust something more than feelings and do some investigation, you can check out MoJo blogger Alyssa Battistoni's dissection of the ads here, or the Washington Post's "Fact Checker" (which gave the ad three Pinocchios out of a possible four) - what the chart demonstrates is how outsize spending by one industry group (did I mention it had deep, deep, deep pockets?) can frame the public debate.

More importantly, it should beg the question - do we want our political debates driven by corporations that have something to gain by who wins or loses an election? Or do we want our political debates driven by what communities of people need?

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