Thursday, August 17, 2006

Another Pay to Play Day for Sweeney

Sweeney's having another Payola Fundraiser. This time with Headlining NYC Republican Rudy Gualini at the home of Lobbyist Donors who are also former Bush campaigners, etc. The $1000 per person event is open to us all:

You are Cordially Invited to a luncheon honoring Congressman John Sweeney - House Appropriations Committee With Special Guest Mayor Rudy Giuliani Monday, August 21, 2006 Noon to 1:00 PM at the home of Julie Chlopecki and David Fuscus 85 Union Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY

Same ole pay to play connections as the TU blog reports, Fuscus and Chlopecki (see their lobbyist bios here) have:

...Contributed $1,000 apiece to Sweeney in this election cycle. In addition, at least one of their clients, the National Restaurant Association, has contributed $1,000 to him as well.

The firm’s other clients have included: the Air Transport Association, the Capital Region Airport Commission, the Motor Freight Carriers Association, Midwest Airlines, Airbus, Alaska Airlines, the American Frozen Food Institute and the National Food Processors Association.

The transportation clients are interesting to note. Sweeney is vice chair of the Transportation, Treasury and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations subcommittee.

The food clients are interesting, too. Sweeney recently co-sponsored a measure billed as an effort to streamline state and local laws about food. But opponents say it really aims to get rid of laws that mandate a higher standard of safety than the federal government - a boon to certain food companies.

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