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Friday, September 19, 2008

The Meat-Industrys Influence on Capitol Hill

The Politics of Meat by Steve Johnson

A Look at the Meat Industrys Influence on Capital Hill

The meat industry in the United States is a powerful political force,
both in the legislative and the regulatory arena, even though the way
they wield that power is different from many industries on Capitol
Hill. Instead of spreading lots of money around to many different
lawmakers in an attempt to gain access and influence -- the traditional
method used by many large corporations -- the meat industry targets
their approach to a small number of key lawmakers and regulators that
have a direct impact on their business interests. Yet despite the
relatively low level of financial contributions, the industry has
succeeded in weakening or preventing many new meat-safety initiatives
in recent years.

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