David Jolly tells Pinellas voters he didn't lobby for offshore oil drilling; DCCC accuses him of lying
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is accusing Republican Congressional candidate David Jolly of lying about whether he lobbied for the petroleum industry.
During a candidate forum yesterday hosted by the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, Jolly was asked if he lobbied for oil companies.
During his response, he denied it.
But in emails last night and this morning the DCCC pointed out that in a federal lobbying disclosure form Jolly listed The Free Enterprise Nation as a client in 2011 during its campaign called Roadmap for Americas Energy Future that would allow offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf.
A campaign staff member told Creative Loafing the work Jolly did for that group was not related to offshore oil drilling.
The Republican primary is next Tuesday.
"You're first question about off-shore oil drilling, I have never lobbied for off-shore oil drilling and I'd be interested in what information you might be suggesting because that's never happened. I'm not suggesting you are fabricating this but if that information is in the public domain it's a complete fabrication. So I want to make that very clear right now. I've also had to dispel other fabrications about my lobbying career. I own several businesses. I'm an attorney. I'm a consultant. I also have registered as a lobbyist for several clients. And let's talk about what that means. What that means is I know how to work with a very complex federal government. I worked to get funding for the US Marshall's Service to go after sex offenders for parents who had lost kids to sex offenders and I'm proud of that work. That was hard work to do. I've worked to advance medical research for returning wounded warriors with amputations to regenerate and encourage tissue growth. I'm proud of that. That's hard work to get that done with a complex federal government. I've worked with Pinellas County businesses with technologies that they are trying to get the Department of Defense to look at to save American lives. They didn't know how to work with a complex federal government, I assisted them. I'm proud of that. That's advocacy. To comply with the law I have to register as a lobbyist. You can call it lobbying, you can call it advocacy, I am absolutely proud of that. Off-shore oil drilling, absolutely not. Obamacare, absolutely not. I haven't lobbied for either one of those. Giving to Democrats, I have. And you know what, in the spirit of Bill Young, a man who taught us that Republicans and Democrats and Independents can work together, I bring that spirit to the table. I like to say when I registered to vote I registered as a Republican because I believe in the Republican platform. I have never subscribed to the notion that Democrats are always wrong or Independents are always wrong because we know that's not true. I'm proud to have friends across the aisle. In terms of my giving most of my giving followed personal relationships. Most of the people that it's been promoted that I gave to frankly were very strong on national defense issues. Listen, I don't run from the truth. That's true. I have contributed to Democrats and if I'm elected I'm going to represent my core conservative beliefs but I'm going to do so working with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents recognizing that we can do so with civility."
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