#dontgo – to Disney World?

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As chairman of the House Republican Conference, Rep. Adam Putnam has been busy with the #dontgo protest, in which angry House Republicans have stayed at the Capitol building during August recess, calling on Rep. Nancy Pelosi to schedule a vote on their energy plan that would seek an end to the long-standing moratorium on off shore drilling.

Does that mean Putnam “won’t go” to his scheduled fundraiser in Walt Disney World this weekend?

We have in our possession an invitation to said fundraiser, billed as a “weekend at the Walt Disney Resort,” specifically at the Polynesian Resort, proceeds to benefit “Putnam for Congress.” There’s also a special guest, fellow Republican Florida Rep. Ander Crenshaw. The invitation came to us as part of our preparation for launching Party Time, a new Sunlight project, which will make its debut in the next couple of weeks. (Stay tuned for an announcement soon.)

“We only have 15 rooms, so it’s going to be a small event,” says the email accompanying the invitation.

Putnam isn’t exactly hurting for cash in his reelection bid. He has raised $1.4 million to his opponent’s $50,000. Over the course of his Congressional career, he’s taken about $70,000 from the oil and gas industry.

Supporting off-shore drilling is a new thing for Floridians, where in the past Democrats and Republicans alike have opposed the idea for fear it would hurt tourism. Recently Gov. Charlie Crist, one of many reputed to be on Sen. John McCain’s list for a possible vice presidential pick, reversed his long-standing support for the federal moratorium on offshore drilling.

We don’t know if any oil and gas lobbyists rsvp’ed for Putnam’s Walt Disney getaway, or if the #dontgo protest will end in time for him to catch a plane to Polynesia in Florida. It seems like a good question for his constituents to ask.

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  • “Over the course of his Congressional career, he’s taken about $70,000 from the oil and gas industry.”

    So he’s at about 3% of the amount Obama has raised from the oil and gas industry. I guess that makes Obama about 33 TIMES in hock to the oil and gas industry as he is.

    Oh wait, maybe that’s why Obama voted for the 2005 energy bill all the libs are calling “Cheney’s bill”.

    “We don’t know if any oil and gas lobbyists rsvp’ed for Putnam’s Walt Disney getaway, or if the #don’tgo protest will end in time for him to catch a plane to Polynesia in Florida. It seems like a good question for his constituents to ask.”

    Well thank you Rep Putnam for supporting the call to ask the Congress be called back to vote to repeal bans on offshore drilling to give relief on energy prices. If Speaker Pelosi is actually going to end her vacation and call the House into session on Saturday, I am sure Rep Putnam will beg off from this event and go back to DC. But unless Pelosi and that drill-nothing do-nothing Democrats actually respond positively to the GOP call to action, it’s beyond silly to chastise Mr Putnam for doing this *on a Saturday*.

  • Dem02020

    As an employee of Walt Disney World, specifically as someone who plays a Disney Character (I’m variously Goofy or Pluto, it depends on how early you show up for your shift, as the costumes go on a first come first served basis: except for Mickey Mouse, which is a specialized headline gig, and who I portray occasionally as relief, when the regular Mickey goes on a smoke break), but I’d like to play the part of a “Whistle-Blower” here, and let you in on something about Rep. Putnam’s Magic Kingdom fundraiser…

    He and his good friends and contributors in the oil and gas industry, have arranged for a private and customized use for one evening, of our famed “Pirates of the Carribean” ride: they’ve arranged for the ride to feature not the regular eye-patched wooden leg pirates, and the assorted drunken and sloven seaside wenches you normally see on that Disney ride, but for a new and specially customized set of characters to be temporarily installed, for the amusement of Rep. Putnam and his oil and gas lobbyists: there will instead be oil wells and oil drilling on the ride, and oil spills and oil slicks and greasy black sea gulls too… there will be funny characterizations of oil speculators, bidding the price of oil futures contracts up and up and up, on a pretended recreation of the New York Mercantile Commodity Exchange… there will even be animitronic saudi shieks (or whatever they call themselves), who will be in league with the drillers and the speculators… and the ride won’t be called “Pirates of the Caribbean”, but will temporarily be re-named to reflect a slight change of venue, to be called “Pirates of the Gulf of Mexico”: Great Fun and Much Amusement is expected by all!

    …or at least by all of those gas and oil executives and lobbyists who will be in attendance, as Rep. Putnam’s VIP guests and contributors.

    Mind you now, this is all on the hush hush, as I’m not the kind of “Whistle Blower” who wants Walt Disney World (my employer) to know I have let you in on this secret: I kind of like being Goofy or Pluto (or Mickey, when he’s having a nicotine fit)… if they ever found out I’d blown this whistle on Rep. Putnam’s temporary oil and gas takeover and re-naming of the “Pirates of the Gulf of Mexico”, I’d probably be reduced as a Disney Character (to one of the Muppets probably, and I just can’t fit into those costumes anymore, not even Miss Piggy’s: those days are long gone for me).

    [I know this to be a serious web-site, and so I’m almost embarrassed to note what I’m sure must be obvious, that the above is just a joke… I don’t truly hold any station in life, as fun and as lofty as a Disney Character; nor do I know anything special about Rep. Putnam, outside of what you all know, and of what amount of money he takes, from you know who to do you know what.]