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BS Alert: 60 Plus Association is a Lobbying Group for Big Oil

April 28, 2011

Seniors are always on the hunt for resources to support their health care. I checked into the 60 Plus Association and to my surprise — it is a lobbying group for big oil.

The 60 Plus Association describes itself to the public as “a nonpartisan seniors-advocacy group.”

Fact: House of Representatives lobbying disclosure forms reveal that lobbyists employed by The 60 Plus Association have lobbied lawmakers on Capitol Hill for on-land and offshore oil drilling, internet gambling deregulation, and reduced gasoline taxes.

Fact: Federal Election Commission independent expenditure data (accessed October 22, 2010) show that The 60 Plus Association has spent $6,031,178 to fund 86 expenditures in the 2010 U.S. congressional elections. Every one of those expenditures was used for a mailing or a television advertisement opposing the election of a Democratic congressional candidate. Not one expenditure has been made by The 60 Plus Association to support a Republican congressional candidate. Not one expenditure has been made by The 60 Plus Association to support the election of a Republican congressional candidate.

Conclusion: the claims of The 60 Plus Association to be a “non-partisan seniors-advocacy group” are false.

Source: That’s My Congress, click here

Coda: The 60 Plus Association has failed to disclose the identity of its donors.

Sourcewatch.org reports: The 60 Plus Association is described in an article posted November 1, 2009 on FireDogLake.com as a Big Pharma front group. FireDogLake reported that the group has “ties to the national GOP” and is “almost fully funded by the pharmaceutical industry.” The 60 Plus Association is reported to have been a front for Big Pharma since it’s inception.

On its Web site, the 60-Plus Association describes itself as a “non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach.” They list their main issues as the “death tax” (estate tax), energy, health care and Social Security. 60 Plus is registered as a 501(c)(4) non-profit with the Internal Revenue Service.

60 Plus spent $100,000 on lobbying in 2007, $400,000 in 2008, and $100,000 in each of the first two quarters of 2009, according to Lobbyists.info, a subscription-only online database. The group’s in-house lobbyists include Amy Noone Frederick, listed as 60 Plus’ Executive Vice President; James L. Martin, President; Hugh C. Newton, Public Relations Contact; and Roger H. Zion, Honorary Chair. The group also retains two lobbying firms, Beau Boulter LLC (60 Plus is represented by former Republican Representative from Texas Beau Boulter) and Greener and Hook, LLC.

60 Plus also has a political action committee called the Senior Power Campaign Committee. The PAC, also called “Gray PAC,” last reported financial activity in the 2004 election cycle. It was most active in the 2000 election cycle, when it reported raising $246,514 and spending $231,203. The PAC donated $46,666 to federal candidates, 98% of which went to Republicans. It contributed more than $2,000 to Republican Senate candidates Rick Santorum, Rod Grams and Slade Gorton; and to Republican House candidates E Clay Shaw Jr, James E Rogan and Steven T Kuykendall.

Read more at Sourcewatch.org – click here

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