Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Kids, Smoking and Sue Kelly’s Dirty PAC Dollars
Recently, the major cigarette companies were found GUILTY in federal court of being racketeers who have never stopped lying to the American people about the health risks of their products and about their marketing of addiction to children. Tobacco companies claim to have stopped their illegal conduct, but U.S. District Court Judge Kessler reveals Big Tobacco’s lying ways: "Defendants have not ceased engaging in unlawful activity" and have "marketed and sold their lethal product with zeal, with deception, with a single-minded focus on their financial success and without regard for the human tragedy or social costs."
The verdict is in. It is time for our political leaders INCLUDING SUE KELLY to stop accepting campaign cash from an industry full of guilty racketeers. Big Tobacco's deep pockets are still influencing Congress and members of Congress who take Big Tobacco's campaign cash should not breathe easy. Congress has been sitting on the sidelines while Big Tobacco marketed deadly and addictive products to our kids. Could this lack of action be the result of campaign cash?
A survey of Big Tobacco contributions to New York State representatives in our general locale shows who is representing us and our children and who is serving the tobacco industry – which do you prefer?
Tobacco industry contributions to current Senators and U.S. Representatives(1997-2006)
18/Lowey, Nita (D) $0
19/Kelly, Sue (R) $13,000
20/Sweeney, John (R) $32,500
21/McNulty, Michael (D) $0
22/Hinchey, Maurice (D) $0
23/McHugh, John (R) $5,000
24/Boehlert, Sherwood (R) $14,500
25/Walsh, James (R) $-1,000
26/Reynolds, Thomas (R) $41,000
27/ Higgins, Brian (D) $0
28/Slaughter, Louise (D) $0
29/Kuhl, John (R) $12,000
I remember reading a few years back (pre-911) that lunch with Giuliani could be had for a contribution of about $1000. Wonder what $13,000 gets you? Cig machines in middle school locker rooms?
Pathetic when she talks about tort reform as though it has something to do with astronomical healthcare costs, but accepts dirty money from death peddlers.
If there were an Association of Streelevel Narcotics Dealers (ASND)chapter in this district, she'd take their money, of that I have no doubt. She'd use it to repeal term limits and the already impotent campaign finance laws.