by BEN GEMAN, The Hill
The American Energy Alliance (AEA), a conservative advocacy group, is launching radio ads designed to put political pressure on House Republicans to abandon what the group calls wasteful renewable-energy subsidies in the farm bill.
The $80,000 worth of ads launching this week urge listeners to weigh in against the legislation by contacting three GOP supporters of the bill: Reps. Kristi Noem (S.D.), Steve King (Iowa) and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (Okla.).
Congress is at it again, this time with a so-called farm bill, which was supposed to support our local farmers and our nation’s agriculture industry,” note the ads running in the three lawmakers’ states. “What Washington politicians aren’t telling us is that their bill gives away millions in taxpayer money for wasteful energy subsidies — another payday for Congress’s corporate cronies.”
The sweeping five-year bill contains support for a number of programs that aid rural biofuels producers, although the House version does not provide mandatory funding for the initiatives. The Senate’s bill contains $800 million worth of mandatory spending for energy programs. [MORE]