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Originally posted by Drezden
My question is why so many people in the U.S. are not protesting this corporatist government we have now?
Democracy is a sham if corporations pay for campaigns and get special favors, can influence laws and regulations.. and essentially buy our "representatives" in government.
Linda J. Fisher is a Vice President Safety, Health and Environment and Chief Sustainability Officer of DuPont. When working for the United States Environmental Protection Agency she was Deputy Administrator; Assistant Administrator - Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances; Assistant Administrator - Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation; and Chief of Staff to the EPA Administrator. She was also Vice President of Government Affairs for Monsanto Company, a pesticide and biotechnology corporation. Fisher was also "Of Counsel" with the law firm, Latham & Watkins.
Monsanto and G.W. Bush Administration: Who Will Own the Store?
January 21, 2001 T
HE PELICAN BRIEF John Grisham wrote the suspense novel.
Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington starred in the blockbuster movie.
THE STORY Two supreme court justices are assassinated so that an evil oil billionaire can petition the president to appoint environmentally unfriendly justices to America's highest court. It's all about politics, multi-national firms, and dollars.
TODAY'S PELICAN BRIEF Life imitates art. Here's a jigsaw puzzle, and this column provides the pieces. The finished work merges two art forms, combining political influence with political power. You'll be amazed.
THE SCOOP Many of you wrote to me...requesting a list of PAC donations made by Monsanto.
Interesting thing has occurred...Nearly one-billion dollars were spent on the elections, and Monsanto is aware that they are under the microscope. Do they stop giving, or do they give in different forms that are not easily observed?
THE PLOT THICKENS During the 2000 election cycle, Monsanto gave a total of only $63,350 to Congress...on the record. Nobody will ever know what amounts were invested in the form of soft money, cash money, party favors, and gifts.
The $63,350 paid to 435 members of Congress, and 100 members of the Senate averages out to $118 per member. Sure. I believe that.
The man receiving the SECOND highest total dollars from Monsanto was Larry Combest (R-TX).
He got $2000. Combest is the powerful chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.
Who got the most from Monsanto?
The winner of the Monsanto sweepstakes with $10,000 was: John Ashcroft, (R-MO). Ever hear of the man? You will in the coming weeks during the Senate's confirmation hearings. Now...for those of you who are not regular readers of the notmilk column, let's review the Bush/Monsanto connection.
First. Monsanto's lawyer was appointed to the Supreme Court by George Bush, Sr. The deciding swing vote giving the election to George, Jr. was made by Clarence Thomas, Esq.
Second. Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense (missing text...) purchased by Monsanto.
Third. Ann Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture was on the board of directors of Calgene Pharmaceuticals, purchased by Monsanto.
Fourth. Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Health was a supporter of Monsanto in Wisconsin. He received $50,000 from Biotech firms is his election run, and used state funds to set up a a $317 million dollar biotech zone in Wisconsin.
Fifth. Mitch Daniels, Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Daniels was the vice president of corporate strategy at Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical company. Eli Lilly and Monsanto developed the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. Lilly "owns" the European "franchise." Daniels presence insures that the bovine growth hormone will one day be approved for use in Europe.
Sixth. Last, but not least. John Ashcroft, Attorney General. Winner of the Monsanto PAC sweepstakes.
What will America's prize be? Robert Cohen
Carol L. Tucker-Foreman, distinguished fellow in food policy at Consumer Federation of America, has had a major influence on food policy in the U.S. over the past 30 years. As assistant secretary of agriculture for food and consumer services in the Carter Administration she led the successful campaigns to pass food stamp reform legislation and publish the first Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In 1986 she founded the Safe Food Coalition, a group of consumer, public health and trade union organizations that work to strengthen U.S. food safety policies. The group played a major role in persuading the USDA to adopt modern inspection methods to reduce foodborne illness.
Originally posted by Jason88
reply to post by Shirak
There's got to be some regulation. I'm all for free markets, and free will, but people "gaming" the political system for more money and power must be regulated. That's a good idea. Introduce regulation on pre-entry terms before one can transition from the private sector into the public service sector. Place the bar just a little higher for political applicants.
Originally posted by Jason88
reply to post by muzzleflash
Fisher. Wow! I want to believe people are basically good. I really want to. But, how the hell can she represent the peoples interests? She was-is-was a lawyer protecting corporate interests concerning profitability at any cost. Seriously, how does she navigate two different worlds so easily without a thought for the other while she's occupying another.
I don't think she does. She's taken Monsanto's interests and helped them skirt laws to keep producing dangerous and illegal chemicals and seed products - her help makes it "legal".
Thanks for the research, Muzzleflash. I'm hitting this list now too... see where the rabbit hole goes.
A Deputy Secretary of Labor under President Gerald Ford, Duberstein became an aide to Ronald Reagan for legislative issues in 1981, becoming Deputy Chief of Staff in 1987, then Reagan's final White House Chief of Staff, succeeding Howard Baker. He was later a political advisor to Senator John McCain.
In addition to his advisorial capacity, Duberstein is Chairman and CEO of the influential lobbying firm Duberstein Group. Among their clients is Monsanto, for which they lobbied to remove the "Delaney Clause", a restriction on introducing known carcinogens into processed foods sold to consumers.