Sen. Franken on the U.S. Chamber’s Pro-Smoking Lobbying

Franken-071009-18449 0003Yesterday, we posted on CVS’ decision to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce* due to it’s global pro-smoking lobbying for businesses’ bottom line over those businesses’ citizens’ health. Here’s what Sen. Franken is doing on this situation:

The Brainerd Dispatch states:  “Following news reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is lobbying internationally to advance the interests of big tobacco, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) joined seven of his Senate colleagues Wednesday (7/8/15) in urging the Chamber to stop undermining global anti-smoking measures … In a letter to Chamber President Tom Donahue, Franken, along with Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), Dick Durbin (D-Ill), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore), asked the Chamber to reverse course on its lobbying campaign.

The letter stated, “The Chamber’s actions to undermine public-health measures directed at reducing the death and disease caused by tobacco products are a serious threat to people around the world. We urge you to reconsider and to refocus your efforts in a more positive direction.”

A common mantra on the right is that people should trust corporations to do what’s right.  The above points out that’s just not the case and they’re more than happy to band together to push their interests above the good of the people they’re supposed to serve.

And, we restate that CD3 resident, Doug Loon is the current U.S. Chamber Regional Vice President and soon-to-be President of the Minnesota Chamber. He’s also the spouse of Minnesota House District 48B Representative and former lobbyist for credit and collection agencies Jenifer Loon.