Monday, April 14, 2003

Homeland Security Act...An Agenda For Secrecy?

Common Cause takes issue with abuse of the Homeland Security Act to shield corporate wrongdoers.

"Three major business coalitions championed a secrecy provision that essentially denies the public information about a wide range of health, safety and environmental problems that may occur at facilities such as chemical plants, nuclear power plants, utilities and other “critical infrastructure.” Between 1998 and June 30, 2002, those coalitions donated nearly $112 million to federal candidates and political parties, according to a Common Cause report on the subject.

“This is a textbook example of what happens when companies that invest millions of dollars in political donations and lobbying work together to achieve a legislative goal,” said Chellie Pingree, president of Common Cause. “Unfortunately, it’s the public that loses out.”"

I repeat. It's time for to fight hard for real campaign finance reform.