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Begich says he doesn't support carbon tax

Posted: March 4, 2014 - 11:26pm

JUNEAU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich’s campaign is running radio ads taking aim at Charles Koch and David Koch, the billionaire backers of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

The group, in an ad that began running last month, said Begich is on record supporting a carbon tax and urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make it a priority. That claim stemmed from a 2010 letter Begich signed with 11 other senators.

The letter, which revolved around energy policy, included a line that read: “First, we believe the scale of this challenge dictates the need for a comprehensive solution that includes making polluters pay through a price on greenhouse gas emissions.” Americans for Prosperity, in announcing the ad buy, included a link to the letter with that sentence underlined.

Begich told reporters Monday that he does not support a carbon tax and did not agree with everything in the letter. He said his intent in signing was to make sure the Senate did not lose the discussion on climate change and a comprehensive energy plan.

Two fact-check organizations found the ad distorted or exaggerated Begich’s position.

Americans for Prosperity spokesman Levi Russell said Tuesday that the group is “very comfortable” with the contents of its ad and stands behind it.

Begich on Monday also took a swipe at the Koch brothers, which he said was an effort to provide “context” to who is behind the ad. Begich said they had no problem “firing” Alaskans and “leaving dirty water.” Flint Hills Resources, which is owned by Koch Industries Inc., recently announced plans to close the Flint Hills refinery at North Pole, citing the costs from the cleanup of the industrial chemical sulfolane as a major reason.

Begich, in his radio ad, refers to them as “billionaire outsiders” who turned their backs on Alaska.

Begich campaign spokesman Max Croes said the ad began running Tuesday and will run for three weeks.

Russell said Begich is attempting to spin away from the issue of the carbon tax to something unrelated.

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dragonfly2014 03/05/14 - 03:23 am
What a Lame Excuse

Begich told reporters Monday that he does not support a carbon tax and did not agree with everything in the letter that he signed.

What level minded person would sign a letter that they didn't fully agree with?

Obama couldn't even get enough Democrats in Congress to pass a Carbon Tax Bill what does that tell you about Begich?

With the new EPA regulations via the iron fist of Obama you can expect everything you buy to go up in cost. Remember this when you're struggling to make ends meet.

I guess Senator Begich didn't agree with everything in the ACA (Obamacare) but that didn't stop him from voting for it.

denali8 03/05/14 - 05:45 pm
another obummer dummer

so begich was for it before he was against it???? sounds kinda familiar to me. baggage is so much for Alaskans that he voted for oh dummer care, a no vote by him woulda stopped it from going into law, but he HAD to vote for it to find out what is in it, thank you begich

denali8 03/05/14 - 07:31 pm
begich is complaining about

begich is complaining about outside money, but he was in Hawaii raising campaign $, I guess Alaskans flew there for a vacation n just happened to go to the fund raiser. I guess we should see who all has donated to him, oh yes the DNC $$$ come from outside big donors. so does begich turn down DNC funds? I bet not! so the pot is calling the kettle black?

Raoulduke 03/05/14 - 09:49 pm
Letter signing

Hey! Dragonfly How about ALL the Republicans that SIGNED a pledge to a private individual to shut down this country?Not an act of treason?Which is a far cry from Begich signing a letter of support for a carbon emission tax. The Republicans that signed such a pledge would constitute an act of TREASON,FRAUD,and PERJURY. I would also guess.Since they were Republicans.Taking an oath of office,and then signing a pledge to a PRIVATE individual to shut down these United States.What master does one follow?Just take off your blinders,and give this some REAL un-bias thought. It should make you sick.

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