WASHINGTON — Opponents of Keystone are calling on former Obama national security adviser Jim Jones to reveal his list of lobbying clients before he testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on the project Thursday at the request of committee Republicans.
Leadership at Friends Of The Earth, an opponent of Keystone, are taking a hard line with Jones, a former Marine Corps commandant. In an attack campaign reminiscent of MoveOn's infamous "General Betray Us" effort from 2007, Friends Of The Earth is accusing Jones of abandoning his military legacy in his new role as a lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute and the Chamber of Commerce. Both organizations support the Canadian oil pipeline project.
"We cannot understand why someone who served our country for so long as and for so well is now serving foreign oil interests," said Ross Hammond, senior campaigner at Friends of the Earth. "Gen. Jones needs to come clean with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about who exactly is paying him to advocate on behalf of this dirty, dangerous pipeline and how much he is being paid."
Friends Of The Earth plans to send a letter to Jones Thursday ahead of his testimony, formally calling on him to reveal his client list ahead of his Senate testimony.
The group began distributing an "infographic" aimed at Jones featuring the Marine Corps motto "Semper Fi."
Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News.
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