Gas Prices Slashed to $1.84 in Reno by Political Groups
Koch Brothers fund campaign aimed at highlighting the rise in gas prices since President Barack Obama was inaugurated
With gas selling for more than $4 per gallon in some parts of the country leading up to the presidential election, one political activist group is looking to sway voters by offering them fuel at less than half that price.
Drivers lined up by the hundreds outside of Rainbow Markets in Reno, Nevada earlier this week to take advantage of gas priced at only $1.84 per gallon — the same price that was found on fuel pumps across the country when President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. (See also: How High Have Gas Prices Risen Over the Years?)
Organized by a group known as Gas Can Man and funded by the PAC Morning in America radio show and billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, leaders of the Americans for Prosperity organization, the exclusive fuel deal was offered in order to highlight what those groups see as President Obama’s failed energy policies, policies they say have lead to untenable gas prices.
“The idea is to really remind voters, come election day, (that) gas prices are astronomical these days,” said Gas Can Man representative Michael Findlay. “Just three short years ago, the month President Obama was inaugurated, gas was $1.84 (per gallon).”
Rhetoric associated with the event has come from both directions, with Democrats defending the President’s record on energy policy and highlighting the partisan tactics of the Republicans responsible for the publicity stunt in Reno. (See also: Gasoline Prices Doubled Under Obama: True or False?)
“Gimmicks like these are simply designed to distract the voters from the real issues of the election,” responded Pam duPre, the Executive Director of the Washoe County Democratic Party. “With all the Republican backed tax breaks, it’s easy for the oil tycoons like the Koch brothers to offer gimmicks like this.”
Partisan politics aside, the citizens of Reno are simply happy to catch a break on crippling fuel costs.
“I’m glad they are doing this for people like me who can’t afford four dollar gas,” said Rafaela Villarreal as she waited in line for her chance at low-cost fuel.