Groups bash Senate hopeful George Allen as pawn of ‘Big Oil’

“George Allen has given billions of our tax dollars to Big Oil and exploded our deficit in the process. Karl Rove and his corporate allies are spending millions to buy Virginia's Senate seat in November, but the truth isn't for sale," Navin Nayak, senior vice president for campaigns with the League of Conservation Voters, said Thursday in a statement.

Allen, also a former Virginia governor, favors using carbon-based fuels to promote national energy security and reduce costs for consumers. On his campaign website, Allen notes he has “long opposed a carbon tax” and wants to expand drilling on federal lands and offshore areas to unlock oil-and-gas reserves.

The Allen campaign portrayed Kaine as chained to liberal power brokers in a statement to The Hill on Thursday. Kaine gets his support from Majority PAC financier George Soros and Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems search for winning playbook Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response The Memo: Immigration battle tests activists’ muscle MORE (D-Nev.) and Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration White House: Trump remarks didn't derail shutdown talks Schumer defends Durbin after GOP senator questions account of Trump meeting MORE (D-N.Y.) to run “misleading ads designed to hide Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSenate campaign fundraising reports roll in Afghanistan moves reignite war authorization debate Ralph Northam sworn in as Virginia governor MORE’s tax and regulate agenda for more job loss,” Emily Davis, spokeswoman for the Allen campaign, said.

“Tim Kaine stands for the assault on American energy by supporting Cap-and-Trade, opposing the Keystone pipeline and supporting EPA regulations that will devastate jobs in Virginia,” Davis said. “Virginians know George Allen is the only candidate in this race with a record for job creation with 300,000 jobs added as Governor. He will bring his proven, pro-growth solutions to the U.S. Senate, including unleashing our American energy resources for more jobs.”

The Hill rates the race between Allen and Kaine a “toss-up.”

The candidates are running for Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-Va.) seat. He is retiring at the end of this session.