Archive for January 26, 2006
FALLON: Patty Judge Fundraising “Legal, but not Ethical”
Rep. Ed Fallon calls for Clean Elections law in Iowa and warns against the influence of corporate hog confinement operators
State Representative and gubernatorial candidate Ed Fallon
(D-Des Moines) held a press conference at the Capitol this afternoon
(Thursday) to discuss how Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge's
campaign finance disclosure reports show the need for a Clean Elections
Law in Iowa.
report, quite frankly, troubles me quite a bit,” Fallon said. “All
across Iowa, family farmers and rural residents are deeply concerned
about the growing power of corporate hog confinement operators. It's
disturbing to see such a large amount of money coming from these groups
to one candidate.”
2005 campaign contributions included $10,000 from Alina and Peter
DeCoster, another $10,000 from Leah and Sholom Rubashkin of
AgriProcessors, as well as contributions from Syngenta, Monsanto and
Dow Agro Sciences.
Patty Judge would say these contributions are completely legal, and
they are,” Fallon said. “The problem is the rules allow
influence-peddling at a level that most Iowans are only beginning to
become aware of. It's perfectly legal, but is it ethical? I
Fallon said he will continue to alert the media to his findings in the reports of other candidates in the coming weeks.
ask the public to be very vigilant about this, and to learn who is
donating to the other candidates,” Fallon said. “The influence of big
money in politics affects every other issue, and is really the critical
issue in this campaign.”
OH, THAT SHORT TERM MEMORY!
From “The Onion”…'SCIENTIST HAS NAGGING FEELING HE LEFT PARTICLE ACCELERATOR ON'
“Chicago – University of Chicago particle physicist Matthew Sharp drove
halfway home before he was struck with the fear that he'd left the
Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System running…'I think I powered it
down after smashing those 9-GeV electrons into 3.1-GeV positrons, but I
don't specifically remember flipping the switch,' Sharp said.
'Not only does a nine million volt electrostatic tandem Van de Graaff
injector accelerator cost a lot to run, it's also a pretty serious fire
hazard.' Sharp almost turned his car around, but didn't, because
the past three times he's gone back to check on the accelerator, he's
found it off.”
This from the tongue-in-cheek “The Onion Presents Embedded in America
Volume 16, America's Finest News Source, Complete News Archives” 2005
Published by Three Rivers Press, page 123
Don't forget your local responsibilities…CPR : CONSERVE/PARTICIPATE/RECYCLE