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Thursday
Jul152010

ALG - Video: A Tale of Two Kagans on First Amendent - 2 Live Crew vs. Citizens United 

July 14th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) today released a new video on Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, and her contradictory views on the First Amendment as it related to the 2 Live Crew and Citizens United cases:

 

Attachments:

"A Tale of Two Kagans," By ALG News Senior Editor Robert Romano, July 14th, 2010.

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Thursday
Jul152010

ALG Statement on Obama's $5 Billion "Green" Jobs Initiative 

July 14th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement against Barack Obama's proposed $5 billion in additional funds for "green" jobs:

 
"Barack Obama and Harry Reid are proposing an additional $5 billion in taxpayer subsidies to businesses that apparently cannot profit on their own selling inefficient so-called 'clean' energy alternatives, like electric cars, wind and solar.  This comes atop $2.3 billion in 'stimulus' funds that were dedicated to the same purpose.

 

"At a time of unsustainable government spending and debt accumulation, if energy companies cannot make a profit selling these products and utilities, then it is not up to U.S. taxpayers to double-down on an unsuccessful 'green' marketing strategy with another $5 billion in taxpayers handouts. 

 

"The American people want an end to government picking winners and losers in the energy sector with subsidies to politically-favored industries, and instead would prefer lawmakers to lift restrictions on producing nuclear, oil, coal, and natural gas resources that provide the foundation for meeting the nation's power needs."

 

Attachments:

 

"Is the U.S. Killing Green Jobs?" ALG News National Correspondent Rebekah Rast, April 13th, 2010.

 

"The Green Jobs Scam Unmasked," ALG Chairman Howard Rich, February 12th, 2010.

Wednesday
Jul142010

NRN - Must Reads for July 14, 2010

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson's quote of the day on the 3 GOP Senators supporting the Financial Takeover bill: "Senators Snowe, Collins, and Brown, through their support of this bill, are enabling government to perpetuate the easy money and loose lending policies that led to the crisis, to continue too-big-to-fail, and to institutionalize the regime that led to limitless bailouts by taxpayers and de facto government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."

Read more at NetRightDaily.com.

Wednesday
Jul142010

ALG - FDA Scientific Advisory Panel Conflicts of Interest Remain

"It is up to the FDA to follow the law and to remove even the appearance of a conflict of interest from a 'science' committee tasked to investigate the regulation of tobacco products.  Right now, the committee is skewed by anti-tobacco industry interests."—ALG President Bill Wilson  

ALG Renews Call for FDA to Dismiss Science Panel Members With Conflicts

July 13th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today called upon the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider the composition of a key science panel set to issue recommendations on tobacco regulations.

According to Wilson's letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, "nearly a majority of the TPSAC voting members have received payments from special interests with billions of dollars riding on the outcome of the committee's analysis."

Wilson asked Hamburg to "reconsider the composition of this committee, either dismissing the conflicted members or requiring them to abstain from issues affecting their own financial interests."

Wilson said four members of the committee have "clear conflicts of interest".  They are:

  • Jack Henningfeld a voting member of the committee is a consultant to GlaxoSmithKline the maker of Nicorette gum who would stand to benefit financially from further restrictions on tobacco products
  • Neil L. Benowitz was Pfizer consultant which makes the drug Chantix that aids people who want to quit smoking.  Benowitz has also worked for GlaxoSmithKline and Nabi Pharmaceuticals
  • Dorothy Hatsukami received grant support from Nabi Pharmaceuticals to study their nicotine vaccine
  • The head TPSAC, Jonathan Samet, also received grants from GlaxoSmithKline and the organization he headed was funded by two different pharmaceutical companies

The law establishing the committee specifically states that the "membership of the advisory committee to be fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed by the advisory committee;"  and that the committee "contain appropriate provisions to assure that the advice and recommendations of the advisory committee will not be inappropriately influenced by the appointing authority or by any special interest, but will instead be the result of the advisory committee's independent judgment."  

Previously, the FDA had rejected the dismissal of the members, but Wilson's letter urged reconsideration.  The letter notes that the FDA "said it would continue to screen members for potential conflicts of interest on topics the committee would be considering.  We can envision no greater conflict.  We urgently request that you revisit these disqualifying conflicts of interest." 

In a statement, Wilson concluded, "It is up to the FDA to follow the law and to remove even the appearance of a conflict of interest from a 'science' committee tasked to investigate the regulation of tobacco products.  Right now, the committee is skewed by anti-tobacco industry interests."

Attachments:

ALG Letter to FDA, July 13th, 2010 at www.getliberty.org/files/ALGLettertoFDA.pdf .

 

Wednesday
Jul142010

NRN - The Daily Wrap-Up 7/13/10

July 13, 2010
6:00 PM Eastern

Read NetRightDaily.com.

Good Tuesday Evening -

A tale of two Kagan's. Before the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, on behalf of the Obama Administration, in the recent Citizens United decision that lifted restrictions on independent expenditures on electioneering political speech, argued that political pamphleteering and political movies were not covered by the First Amendment, but that political books were.

Berwick: A stealth recess appointment. For those serving as President, making a recess appointment when Congress is not in session is a right guaranteed by the Constitution – Article II, Section 2, to be exact. In the era of our nation's founding, participating in Congress was far from a full-time duty and sometimes months would pass without a single session, making the executive's initiative to maintain continuity in certain posts important.

SEIU's new president should be asked about liabilities, Change to Win coalition.  "Visionary, but divisive." That's how The New York Times describes Andy Stern, the Service Employee International Union's (SEIU) former president, in this profile piece about his successor Mary Kay Henry. She is ambitious to make her own mark in terms of organizing and politicking, according to the report. But Ms. Henry is also working to cut a distinct path and to reunite labor organizations that became split under Stern.

Conflicts of interest continue at FDA's TPSAC. As we have noted here before, there is a serious issue dealing with conflicts of interest at the FDA's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC). This committee advises the FDA on regulations for tobacco products. However, several members of the committee are not independent, thus, regulations that are passed down affect the financial interests of those on the committee.

Snowe, Collins and Brown draw fire over support of Financial Takeover Bill. New England Republican Senators Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Scott Brown have indicated they will be voting for the Dodd-Frank financial takeover bill, prompting criticism from Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson.