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Consumer Group Adds More Info on Bush-Home Depot Connection
The following email alert was circulated by Public Citizen on December 12, 2003
Home Depot: America's Do-It-Yourself Bush Fundraising Store?
Well, a little digging provided the answer to this mystery: Home Depot is a major contributor to President Bush's campaigns. Home Depot executives, employees and their families have given more than $1.5 million to the GOP since 1999, most of it in "soft money," before that practice was outlawed last year. The company's political action committee has also already contributed $31,000 directly to the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign.
And guess what? Buried in two small paragraphs on page 710 of the massive, stalled energy bill is a measure that would lift a tariff on Chinese-made ceiling fans--with Home Depot being the largest retailer of said fans. The measure, inserted during a closed-door conference committee and undebated in either house of Congress, would save Home Depot and other smaller companies about $48 million, at taxpayer expense, of course. Other fun facts uncovered by Public Citizen:
Perhaps you are unwilling to make your hardware and related purchases at a chain that is helping to undermine democracy--pumping money into an Administration that puts contributors' profits ahead of the public interest and then looking for paybacks at taxpayer expense. If so, and you would like to let Home Depot CEO Nardelli know about it, you can contact them by pointing your browser here:
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