Written By: Peter Ross, WZZM
BYRON CENTER, Mich. (WZZM) - For an hour or two Wednesday morning, gas prices at one station dropped back to where they were four years ago-- $1.84.
The first 150 drivers at the Marathon station operated by Rodney Brush got the discount and a chance to sign a petition protesting President Obama's policies. The stunt was sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, a group FactCheck.org says is "one of the most influential conservative issue advocacy groups on the national and state political scene...AFP seeks to support free markets and entrepreneurship by advocating lower taxes and limited government spending and regulation."
AFP paid for the price difference to make its view known that "Obama needs to change his policies and we need to open up this country to drilling so we can be energy independent," said Scott Hagerstrom, AFP Michigan's leader.
A historical, statistical analysis of gas prices and domestic oil production conducted by the Associated Press has shown that more U.S. oil drilling has never changed how deeply gas pump prices drill into an American's wallet.