Michelle Nunn and the Keystone XL Pipeline

Nunn tweaks her own party on Keystone, but previously took donations from someone so anti-pipeline she refused to donate to President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.


Amid breaking reports yesterday evening and into the morning that a group with considerable ties to her was under investigation for voter fraud, Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn is out with a new ad today that takes aim at both political parties.

In the spot, she decries members of her own party for “dragging their feet,” on the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans are chided for obstructing “renewable energy initiatives.”

Those typically come in the form of taxpayer-funded subsidies.

What’s particularly interesting about Nunn’s latest ad is not the tone it strikes; in spots that haven’t attacked David Perdue she’s always sought a similar centrist footing. Rather, it’s the issue of the pipeline itself.

She came out in favor of constructing Keystone earlier this year. It was pointed out then, as it is being now in the wake of today’s ad release, that one of Nunn’s largest donors is anything but supportive of it.

In March, she ventured to San Francisco for a swanky fundraiser that was hosted by Susie Tompkins Buell. Buell is known for being a very outspoken of the pipeline, going as far as to organize protests against it.

So strong is her opposition, in fact, that she wouldn’t even donate to President Barack Obama’s re-election bid in 2012 because, in her opinion, he was too far to the right on the issue.

“I can’t,” she said when asked why she wouldn’t be ponying up during one of his fundraising swings through California. Buell also said she “doesn’t know where he stands on anything.”

Which makes it all the more curious that a pro-Keystone Democrat attempting to carve a centrist image would be worthy of support. Either way, Democrats maintaining the majority and reinstalling Harry Reid as majority leader would mean no pipeline for the foreseeable future.

Watch Nunn’s spot below the fold.

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