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'This Needs to Happen All Over America': Outpouring of Support for Woman Who Stood Up to Big Oil

'This Needs to Happen All Over America': Outpouring of Support for Woman Who Stood Up to Big Oil

Jake Johnson, staff writer

When West Virginia House of Delegates candidate Lissa Lucas decided to take a stand against Big Oil's pernicious political influence last week by rattling off the names of state lawmakers receiving massive campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry, she was swiftly and forcefully silenced.

"Let's have a government for the people again. Money in politics breaks down public trust in our democracy."
—Lissa Lucas


Again, superb act by Lucas, reporting by Mokhiber, and publication by Common Dreams. Grassroots democratic resistance that is REAL. More, more, MORE!


There should be a strong follow up campaign naming names and fossil fuel blood money campaign donations in newspapers, on TV, online, etc.


Yes! For EVERY candidate, for EVERY OFFICE, in the entire USA.


The " war’ industry does the same buying of politicians. An imagined enemy followed by lies , then a demand for increased military spending. It works every time. Peace is anathema to the ruling elite. There’s no money to steal when we are not at war and America is ALWAYS at war. 50 countries invaded,toppled or bribed since WW2. Salute the mercenaries , never. These are the men and women who carry out the atrocities we visit on peoples of the world. MLK said it best," …the greatest purveyor of violence in the world is the USA."


It’s somehow illigltimate to donate to folks who you agree with?

List em off, great.

Then when it’s over, look at the legislator’s work and vote on it on the basis of it’s content. IF it’s good, it’s good regardless of who paid and if it’s not, the same applies. Good legislation does not turn bad because an oil company supported the legislator, nor vice versa.

A huge BRAVA! to Lissa Lucas for her great courage and activism - when contrasts her principled activism with the corrupt local government representation and rigged system of those who silenced her - denied her right to free speech - the difference is stark indeed! We need thousands more like Lissa in every district and localality to challenge the status quo and corruption of big-money!


John Shott, the creepy piece of human waste, should be electorally shot right out of the legislative assembly.


Make Americans Grovel Again.

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Your argument, that you repeat here daily, is complete bullshit.

The Koch’s have not invested over a billion dollars in politics because they “agree with” some politicians. They have INVESTED over a billion dollars in politics to DRIVE THEIR AGENDA and GET THEIR WAY. And by pushing their political agenda through the politicians they fund, they have profited in the many billions of dollars by EXERCISING POWER and DISTORTING DEMOCRACY.

And they don’t just “agree with,” they CREATE THE AGENDA and WRITE THE POLICIES that SERVE THEIR INTERESTS. Through ALEC they provide the draft legislation that their “liked” flunkies pass.


GO LISA. The revolution is happening daily when people like Lisa stand up and resist the shit being thrown at all of us. Don’t look for someone else to do it for you. YOU ARE THE LEADER YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR.


Now that’s true patriotism.


Exactly! There can be no real resistance to status quo in the absence of a peace movement.


What you call donation, many people, including myself, call a bribe.


We need a new American Revolution! No more of this! I have my pitchfork sharpened and ready to go! Liberty, equality, and fraternity! Down with the wealthy corporate overlords! All for one and one for all! The wind is changing, and if it doesn’t blow hard enough, then get out and blow! I am not afraid. Christ said " Do not be afraid of those who can kill your body, but of God who can destroy both body and soul in hellfire. To find our lives we must be prepared to lose our lives for what we believe in." The truth will set us free! This land does not belong to the fossil fuel industry and the mining companies! Enough! Democracy: Use it or lose it! Lucas is the cry from the wilderness. More power to her! Honesty, truth and love are the weapons of God! We can win if we all just get out and speak up and fight for our rights. The time is now or never!


Repeated here daily? It’s best to not start off with lies, when accusing other posters of them.

Yelling in caps doesn’t make arguments true.

Anyone owns the right to drive their agenda with their own resources, and this applies to everyone, not just people you favor and not just ones you don’t. Everyone.

And the same argument I applied to legislation applies to their agenda, whatever it is. Regardless of it’s source and it’s spending, you look at the arguments. IF they good ones, it doesn’t matter who pays. If they’re bad ones, the same.

Everyone uses what they have to push their own agenda, and it flourishes if people agree, not just because of megaphone size.

Democracy distorts itself by concentrating govt power. The issue isn’t the symptom of money, the source of the problem is the fantasy that power allocated to govt will not turn into a source of corruption whose cause is the existence of said govt power in the first place. You will not find a dime of money paid to govt officials or their campaigns for things which they have zero govt power over. This fact should tell you where the real problem lies, and it’s not in money. It’s in the power which draws the money.

That is right, legalized bribery! This is why Citizens United must be overturned or repealed by a Constitutional Ammendment. Everyone needs to fight for our rights or we will lose them forever. Republicans are close to calling to change our Constitution so that the wealthy billionaires and their corporations will have absolute power forever. They want to force us to live under the heinous Constitution of Chile under Pinochet. Pinochet is long gone, but the people of Chile are still slaves to minority rule because of this horrible constitution. Charles Koch and the fossil fuel and mining industry are in league with the people who wrote this horrible Chilean constitution and want to do this abomination to us. Few Americans know about this. We must wake up and stop them before it is too late. They only need two more republican governorships to do it. These republicans are committing seditious treason to our democratic republic and our Constitution. I say deport them all to Russia!

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I live in West Virginia and have been reading Lissa Lucas’ (incredibly articulate) blog, Holler from the Hollers, for some time. I really hope she wins, though I don’t live in her district; but even if she does, she won’t be able to change anything. There are always a couple of people in the house, and about one in the state Senate, determined to stand up for the people. Obviously, they never win votes against the vast majority who got there on big money’s cushy ride. One of Lucas’ best columns was the one where she spelled out in detail the oil; & gas connection of everyone of the sponsors of a fundraiser for the incumbent she’s challenging–this is because gas fracking is the key issue in this area. In her county, Antero Resources also just put in a waste processing and disposal facility that will fill 500 acres a few feet seep in the “salts” left over from recycling frack fluid…about four miles from the main water source for the public water system. This waste is also radioactive, and they’e currently allowed to put it in WV landfills. That column I mentioned also included a link and clear instructions for looking up who sponsors “your” representatives, which I did. This information is on file with the Secretary of State’s office; probably is in your state, too. Who’s funding “your” supposed representative? Looking that up will go far to explain the person’s votes. For what it’s worth, another piece of information–no Citizens United did not “open the floodgates to corporate cash” and create this problem. Those floodgates were already wide open thanks to Buckley Versus Valeo in 1976, in which SCOTUS ruled that campaign finance laws couldn’t restrict the “free speech rights” of the rich. All Citizens United did was rip the gateposts out of the ground, widening the flood. Arguably, the SCOTUS made the critical ruling in 1886 when they ruled in DSanta Clara County vs Southern Pacific Railroad that corporations were legal persons with rights,


Your missing the whole point. This is NOT good legislation!

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I like your comment – “Citizens United did not ‘open the floodgates to corporate cash’ and create this problem. Those floodgates were already wide open thanks to Buckley Versus Valeo in 1976, in which SCOTUS ruled that campaign finance laws couldn’t restrict the ‘free speech rights’ of the rich. All Citizens United did was rip the gateposts out of the ground, widening the flood.”

We all need to study, and publicize, Buckley and other rulings and laws that have allowed our electoral system to be controlled by money instead of reason. Russian meddling was/is nothing compared to meddling by the wealthy that gives their agents control of the levers of government. Our democracy is on its deathbed because of the problem graphically illustrated by Lissa Lucas. Unfortunately, Democrats are in the same boat with Republicans, if not on the same side. Even Bernie Sanders appears to be manipulated by wealthy donors, although not to the same extent as most politicians.

Our democracy should be designed to allow the voters to select candidates on the basis of their qualifications and suitability to govern. City managers, college professors, scientists, and other persons who have stellar qualities don’t have to rely on the Koch brothers to gain employment. The same should apply to politicians in positions now controlled by the rich.