The Des Moines Register reported Saturday on the controversial "pink slime" produced by Beef Products Inc. (BPI) that has found its way into fast food restaurants and school cafeterias. BPI has contributed half a million dollars to Republican lawmakers over the last decade, when this gross "product" has seen a surge in use.
From the story: “It is clear that a politician is more likely to listen to somebody who has been supportive of him or her in a financial way,”, said Viveca Novak, a spokeswoman from the Center For Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., that tracks the influence of money on U.S. politics.
Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) has introduced legislation that would ban the disgusting pink slime. What we need to ban is the sort of big money influence from special interests that could be at play here. For the health of our kids, and our democracy.