Hi. My name is [your name] and I am a constituent from [your town].
I am calling to urge the Senator to protect an important bipartisan law that protects taxpayers, the government, and U.S. businesses from corruption.
I encourage [the Senator] to vote against disapproving the Cardin-Lugar Provision, also known as Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act.
It is a common-sense law that requires oil, gas, and mining companies to publicly disclose the royalties and taxes they pay to the federal government in exchange for extracting natural resources, including those found on public lands. Public lands belong to all Americans, so we deserve to know what profits the federal government is collecting on our behalf.
Again, I urge the Senator to protect taxpayer interests and to not disapprove the Cardin-Lugar Provision.
Additional talking points you may wish to add before ending the call:
The Cardin-Lugar Provision is not anti-industry. The law is neither a threat to jobs nor to production. The law also poses no competitive disadvantages to U.S. companies. In fact, it will safeguard U.S. companies against corruption and extortion abroad. Oil, gas, and mining companies around the world already make similar disclosures under various laws and international standards.
The Cardin-Lugar Provision is a good government measure that will empower taxpayers by holding both the government and the industry accountable. Greater transparency will strengthen the public’s trust in our government.
The Cardin-Lugar Provision will help America maintain its position as a world leader in transparency and anti-corruption. Countering corruption is key to combating violent extremism and terrorism.
The Cardin-Lugar Provision has long been supported by both Republicans and Democrats. In fact, several House Republicans voted against House Joint Resolution 41 — which would disapprove the law —on Wednesday night. Fighting corruption and protecting taxpayers is not a partisan issue.