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23, 1998 3:45 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Public Citizen
|Killer Industries Fund Congressional Champions of "Family Values"; $18.1 million boosts gambling, gun, tobacco and booze interests|
- December 23 - Congressional Republicans took $12.7 million from alcohol, gambling, tobacco and
firearm interests in the 1998 election cycle - dollars that were used to attack
family values, according to a report
released by Public Citizen today.
In a story in the current issue of Public Citizen News titled "Family Values, Killer Industries," Public Citizen tied campaign contributions from dozens of "anti-family" PACs and individuals to defeated bills that would have protected American families from deaths and injuries.
In all, these four killer industries handed out $18.1 million to members of Congress in the 1997-1998 election cycle, successfully killing proposals that would have strengthened drunk driving standards, held adult owners legally responsible for failing to lock guns away from children, penalized Big Tobacco for marketing to children, and funded minority school scholarships by ending a massive pro-gambling tax break.
"Too many Congressional leaders pose as the protectors of family values while taking money from these anti-family special interests," said Joan Claybrook, President of Public Citizen. "This Congress is catering to killer industries.
"It rejected a national tobacco control bill, defeated national drunk driving standards, blocked important gun controls, and halted repeal of the gambling tax deduction. Family values were shredded."
Among the findings cited in the article:
*Republicans vacuumed up 70 percent of the $18.1 million contributed by the four industries. Of the total, $11.2 million was unregulated "soft money" and $6.9 million was from PACs.
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