s skippy the bush kangaroo: another reason why unlimited corporate money

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

another reason why unlimited corporate money

into politics is a bad idea...for our democracy...for our health.
owners of the iowa egg production company that has voluntarily recalled millions of eggs linked to salmonella outbreaks were significant donors in opposition to a 2008 california ballot measure that restricted cage confinement of poultry.

california’s proposition 2, which was overwhelmingly passed by that states voters but doesn’t go fully into effect until 2015, required that “calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens and pregnant sows be confined only in ways that allow the animals to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs and turn around freely.” advocates of the measure took special exception to treatment of hens, which they described as being “crowded into small wire cages” that were “stacked to the ceiling in the name of efficiency and profits.” the egg industry countered that the cages protect hens from disease and from their tendency for flight.

each side spent millions to sway california voters, and at least 13 iowa companies with ties to the egg industry donated in an effort to defeat the new confinement regulations. the largest donation from iowa — $100,000 in september 2008 — came from a tiny real estate company called galt real estate. according to filings with the iowa secretary of state’s office, the company maintains a business address in galt that is also home to at least 15 additional businesses, some active and others inactive, but all with ties to the decoster family. - iowa independent

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