Up in the 10th Congressional District, Democratic candidate Dan Seals is demanding that Republican nominee Bob Dold divest his personal funds from BP in light of the Gulf oil spill.
From a campaign press release:
“Even though Bob Dold continues to be silent on the largest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, money talks,” said Seals Campaign Communications Director Aviva Gibbs. “Not only is he making money from the company responsible for this disaster, he has also taken a pledge to protect BP’s high prices and tax breaks as they exploit loopholes underwritten by hard-working Americans. Bob Dold owes Illinois taxpayers an explanation.” [...]
In December 2009, Dold signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayer Protection pledge, which includes a vow to protect special big oil tax breaks like the ones enjoyed by BP. ATR also opposes making the company contribute their fair share to a spill damages fund.
you hold BP stock with one hand and sign a public pledge to bolster
their profits with the other, you define conflict-of-interest,” added
Gibbs. “Dold needs to prove that he cares more about 10th district
families than he does about big oil by divesting from BP and committing
to a policy that makes them pay for the destruction they caused.”
UPDATE (4:50 p.m.): According to Dold's personal financial disclosure, he held between $1,000 and $15,000 worth of BP stock as of May 15, 2010. It's worth noting that BP shares lost about a third of their value between the start of the leak (on April 20) and the beginning of June.