VoteVets launches ad campaign to support the RFS

By VoteVets | January 08, 2014

The largest progressive group of veterans in America, with over 360,000 supporters,, has launched a powerful new television ad in Iowa, aimed at protecting the bipartisan renewable fuel standard (RFS). The ad buy is nearly $110,000 for one week of time in the Des Moines market as well as in Washington, D.C., where it will be seen by decision makers on the issue.  The group promised more ads will be coming in the next few weeks. 

The ad features Michael Connolly, an Iraq war veteran, making the case that gutting the RFS would allow for a greater flow of oil dollars to our enemies, who use that money for weaponry that has targeted our troops.  Connolly, who served in Iraq from 2007 to 2008, lived in Glenwood, Iowa, from 2010 to 2012, and now lives just across the border, in Nebraska.

 The ad opens with a massive explosion in front of a military convoy. Connolly says, “War is dangerous. I know. I was there.  Now, people ask me all the time how they can support the troops.”  Holding a yellow ribbon, Connolly says, “By putting one of these on your car?  Sure…”  And then in front of an ethanol gas pump, “By putting this in your tank?  Even better… More renewable fuels, like the kind grown here in Iowa, means we use less foreign oil. And that means less money for our enemies.  But the oil companies are trying to kill renewable fuels.”

The ad can be viewed here