ELECT THE PEOPLE'S LAWYER: David Van Os, Democrat for Texas Attorney General

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Notice to Big Oil: I'm coming after you


Thanks to all of you who contributed to this fund, four billboards will be going up in about a week. Stay tuned for unveiling details!

They'll be up for two months initially; please tell your friends to contribute so we can keep them up longer/raise them in more areas. :)

Texas was the second political jurisdiction in the world to enact an anti-trust law. We did it in the 1880s. Our then Attorney General, James Stephen Hogg, drafted the bill and persuaded the legislature to pass it. This was at least 10 years before the U.S. Congress enacted the federal Sherman Anti-Trust Act.

We still have a strong state anti-trust law. The primary enforcer is supposed to be the attorney general. Enforcement is virtually nil under Greg Abbott.

As Texas Attorney General I may not be able to do much about what the Oil Giants do to the people of New Jersey or Iowa, but I'll have a hell of a lot to say about what they do in Texas. Further, the corporate headquarters of the biggest of the Oil Giants, Exxon Mobil, is in Irving, Texas. I'm going to use every tool at my disposal, most importantly the anti-trust law and the consumer protection law, to take on the oil tycoons over what they're doing to the people of Texas. Unlike Greg Abbott who filed a few consumer protection charges against a few small-time retail outlets, I'm going to go to the core and break up the big boys' party at the sources.

At one time the naysayers said Jim Hogg could not beat the railroad barons in the courts. But he did. At one time it was said to be impossible to beat Big Tobacco in the courts. But they were beaten. There are voices that say I can't beat the Oil Giants in the courts. Just put me in the Attorney General's office, then sit back and enjoy the show.

If I could spare the $$$$ to put up a big billboard outside Exxon Mobil's corporate HQ in Irving to tell them what I'm going to do, I'd put it up right now.


posted by snarko! at 4:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the target dollar figure for the billboard campaign?

Do you have a specific billboard owner committed to post this sign, if you come up with the targeted funds?

I would worry that the goons at ExxM would have a stranglehold on media outlets so close to home.

1:16 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I lived in Texas, I would vote for you.. Big companies are killing America.

8:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Railroad Commission of Texas needs to investigated and obolished in my opinion. They are destroying the Hard working individuals in the great State of Texas. Any political officials who accept campaign contributions and is known to be supported by the very industry they are to regulate has skeletons in the closet and it's time to stop letting the fox guard the hen house.

2:15 PM  

Anonymous Nancy Kessling said...

Who wants to bet that the oil/gas prices will go down and stay down until after the midterm election?

The loss of profits is a small price for the oil/gas oligarcs to pay in order to maintain control of the government.

2:33 PM  

Anonymous John Keim said...

Well David, I don't know when Nancy Kessling wrote her comment, but she was right on the money about them lowering the gas prices just before the election. Boy I tell ya, those Repugs are so predictable it's unreal. I swear David, we need you in the AG's office now more than ever. Last week I watched Bill Moyer's Documentary on Jack Abramoff and Mr. Scanlon. Those two guys along with Tom scumbag Delay, Have done more harm to the State of Texas than anyone else in our lifetime.

3:00 PM  

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