The Dirty Five Dozen Congressmen Backing Big Tobacco

Today’s Message: @LawmakerXYZ Don’t trade my job for a #BigTobacco bailout. STOP H.R. 4134

It’s Saturday, May 12, 2012 and today’s TaxTracker looks at corruption in the United States House of Representatives.

Who has Big Tobacco bought to do their bidding in the halls of Congress? Check out the list below. Each of these members, knowingly or not, is working to help Big Tobacco SMASH small business competition. You see, all of these lawmakers have signed their precious names in support of a piece of legislation that will throw small tobacco shops where you can buy your own blend and roll your own cigarettes into a WHOLE NEW CLASSIFICATION in the eyes of the U.S. Government. This new classification comes with phenomenally higher new taxes, and a slew of new regulations. The burden will be so great, small Mom & Pop tobacco shops will have no choice but to stop selling “roll your own” smokes. THAT is exactly what Big Tobacco wants.

Yes, it’s a crappy move and unfair to small business. Yes, if people were aware of what Big Tobacco was up to, Congress would drop this maneuver in the nearest toilet.

What’s amazing is there is no apparent rhyme or reason of who is on this list. It’s made up of so-called conservatives, liberals, moderates, Republicans, Democrats. And the ONLY thing 100% of these members have in common: They’ve all taken money from Big Tobacco companies. WHAT?!! Yes. Either directly, or indirectly through pass-through PAC groups, every single member has the stink of Big Tobacco cash in their campaign bank accounts.

Right now you’re thinking, “Hey George, you’re not saying members of Congress are doing favors for Big Tobacco in exchange for cash, are you?”

How else would you explain the blind devotion to a proposal that does NOTHING more than shut down roll your own operations and the only beneficiary is Big Tobacco? You see, Big Tobacco only makes money if you buy their smokes. If you roll your own smoke, Big Tobacco doesn’t make money. Enter Congress and a middle-of-the-night, no-hearings-held provision that will prevent people from rolling their own, and Big Tobacco wins.

So this weekend, let’s let members of Congress know via Twitter, Facebook, emails, calls, and smoke signal that jobs are at stake, and the freedom to roll our own is in jeopardy. See your member of Congress on the list of shame below? Let them hear your voice. While you’re at it, why not reach out to 3 or 4 of these folks?

– GR

H.R.4134 – Authored by Big Tobacco Rep. Diane Black (Tennessee Republican by way of Baltimore, Maryland)

Title as introduced: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that any person who, for a commercial purpose, makes available for consumer use a machine capable of producing tobacco products, is a manufacturer of tobacco products.

The List of Sellouts Supporters (67):

Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] – bill author, big sellout, #2 Joker

Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] – 3/7/2012
Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] – 3/8/2012
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] – 3/16/2012
Rep Kind, Ron [WI-3] – 3/20/2012
Rep Coble, Howard [NC-6] – 3/21/2012
Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] – 3/21/2012
Rep Schrader, Kurt [OR-5] – 3/22/2012
Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4] – 3/26/2012
Rep Yoder, Kevin [KS-3] – 3/26/2012
Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] – 3/26/2012
Rep Sullivan, John [OK-1] – 3/26/2012
Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [IA-3] – 3/26/2012
Rep Kinzinger, Adam [IL-11] – 3/27/2012
Rep Rehberg, Denny [MT] – 3/27/2012
Rep Barrow, John [GA-12] – 3/27/2012
Rep Nunes, Devin [CA-21] – 3/27/2012
Rep Buerkle, Ann Marie [NY-25] – 3/28/2012
Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] – 3/28/2012
Rep Thompson, Bennie G. [MS-2] – 3/28/2012
Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5] – 3/28/2012
Rep Owens, William L. [NY-23] – 3/29/2012
Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30] – 3/29/2012
Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16] – 3/29/2012
Rep McIntyre, Mike [NC-7] – 3/30/2012
Rep Connolly, Gerald E. “Gerry” [VA-11] – 4/16/2012
Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23] – 4/16/2012
Rep Walden, Greg [OR-2] – 4/16/2012
Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ-4] – 4/16/2012
Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-39] – 4/16/2012
Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] – 4/16/2012
Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] – 4/16/2012
Rep Carnahan, Russ [MO-3] – 4/16/2012
Rep Flores, Bill [TX-17] – 4/16/2012
Rep Canseco, Francisco “Quico” [TX-23] – 4/16/2012
Rep Scott, Austin [GA-8] – 4/17/2012
Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY] – 4/18/2012
Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] – 4/18/2012
Rep Boren, Dan [OK-2] – 4/18/2012
Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-7] – 4/18/2012
Rep Harper, Gregg [MS-3] – 4/18/2012
Rep Welch, Peter [VT] – 4/18/2012
Rep Latham, Tom [IA-4] – 4/18/2012
Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] – 4/19/2012
Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] – 4/19/2012
Rep Stivers, Steve [OH-15] – 4/19/2012
Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-12] – 4/19/2012
Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] – 4/19/2012
Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] – 4/24/2012
Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-6] – 4/24/2012
Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2] – 4/24/2012
Rep Sanchez, Loretta [CA-47] – 4/24/2012
Rep Butterfield, G. K. [NC-1] – 4/24/2012
Rep Scott, David [GA-13] – 4/24/2012
Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] – 4/24/2012
Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] – 4/24/2012
Rep Womack, Steve [AR-3] – 4/24/2012
Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] – 4/24/2012
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] – 4/25/2012
Rep Hanabusa, Colleen W. [HI-1] – 4/25/2012

Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] – 5/7/2012
Rep Rokita, Todd [IN-4] – 5/7/2012
Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20] – 5/7/2012
Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] – 5/7/2012
Rep Alexander, Rodney [LA-5] – 5/8/2012
Rep Hurt, Robert [VA-5] – 5/9/2012
Rep Dingell, John D. [MI-15] – 5/10/2012

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2 thoughts on “The Dirty Five Dozen Congressmen Backing Big Tobacco

  1. It’s very strange that there are no representatives from KY on this list. I suppose they sold out the farmers long ago so there’s nothing left to do? All the farmers in my area say they quit growing tobacco since they can’t even break even anymore. And to think, this country was built on tobacco exports, and now we are swamped with imported, tainted tobacco!

    • taxtracker says:

      Good observation! Make sure you reach out to @RepEdWhitfield on Twitter and Facebook. He’s Kentucky and he can be an important, influential member of the highway bill conference committee. Wouldn’t it be nice if the U.S. government would have never got so involved in tobacco farming? Who knows what the heck they’re putting on third-world tobacco crops!

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