Ads hit GOP lawmakers for opposing Navy biofuels

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The other lawmakers targeted include Reps. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), both members of the House Armed Services Committee, according to Stephanie Dreyer, a Truman Project spokesman. Neither lawmaker is considered vulnerable in November.

Dreyer said the ad campaign was in the “six figures,” and added that there would be another round of ads in North Carolina and Pennsylvania soon.

The Truman Project’s campaign comes as Congress is threatening to effectively kill the Navy’s biofuels program, a key initiative for Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, in both the House and Senate defense authorization bills. The House-passed bill includes provisions restricting the military from purchasing alternative fuels at a higher cost than fossil fuels.


The bill that passed the Senate Armed Services Committee, a committee Portman serves on, also included restrictions on biofuels, passing narrowly on a 13-12 vote where some Democrats crossed party lines. The provisions still would likely have to survive a vote on the Senate floor in the Democrat-controlled chamber, however.

Marzoni, the vet in the ad, has previously worked with Operation Free on energy initiatives.