WV Chemical Spill and Boehner
Posted in the Caruthersville Forum
#1 Jan 15, 2014
Freedom Industries, the company behind last week's chemical spill in West Virginia, donated $5,000 to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in 2013, according to a report in The New Republic on Tuesday. The story was published on the heels of Boehner's first public comments on the leak, in which he rejected the need for stricter environmental and energy regulations and instead questioned whether the Obama administration was adequately enforcing existing rules.
According to the report, OpenSecrets.org reveals that Boehner's campaign received two separate amounts of $2,600 and $2,400 in July 2013 from Doug Simons, Freedom Industries' vice president of sales and marketing. The New Republic published the story after receiving a tip from Walter Klapper at Colorado Front Range. The Daily Kos pointed out Saturday, meanwhile, that Freedom Industries also has ties to the conservative Koch Brothers.
Boehner expressed confidence in existing regulations at a Tuesday morning press conference, after he was asked if the spill demonstrated the tradeoff that comes with deregulation.
"The issue is this: We have enough regulations on the books.
#2 Jan 16, 2014
This is not surprising. Republicans are bought and paid for by Big oil,chemical companies and banks. These companies scream "Less regulations" so they can pollute our water,air and food and not have to pay the price of being careless.
#3 Jan 25, 2014
This is whats wrong with our political system.Corporations and the wealthy buy off the politicians and they no longer work for the people. Our congress is a prime example. I know Republicans are worse but both sides sell out to the highest bidder. The bible is so correct when it says :The love of money is the root of all evil.
#4 Jan 25, 2014
The thing happened in 2004 in Huntingdon WV when a train derailment of liquid cars hauling "Coal Tar Lite" over turned and areas had to be evacuated. EPA demanded a investigation but because the chemical manufacturer had been a large George W Bush campaign contributor, nothing was done about any investigation.
#5 Jan 25, 2014
Sorry I forgot to type "same thing" at beginning of my post
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