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Does “Special Interest Marilyn” Support Defrauding Taxpayers? - 10/19/2006

For Immediate Release: October 19, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
(970) 222-6397

Does “Special Interest Marilyn” Support Defrauding Taxpayers?

Despite undeniable evidence of fraud, Marilyn Musgrave won’t return $18,500 from ConAgra and Swift.  

FORT COLLINS—State Rep. Angie Paccione today called on her opponent Marilyn Musgrave to return $18,500 she has received from ConAgra Inc. and Swift & Co., the targets of a federal lawsuit for defrauding the U.S. government of hundreds of millions of dollars.

After a recent court ruling sending the case before a federal judge in Denver, Swift & Co.—which now owns ConAgra’s beef division—could be forced to pay up to $1 billion in penalties for ConAgra’s alleged alteration of export documents to avoid paying hundreds of millions in fees to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Musgrave has taken a total of $18,500 from the two companies, $10,000 from Swift and $8,500 from ConAgra, who has also officially endorsed Musgrave. Musgrave also paid official tribute to ConAgra on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Paccione added that Musgrave should renounce the endorsement, but predicted that, given Musgrave’s refusal to demand accountability in the Mark Foley sex scandal, Musgrave would be similarly indifferent to any of her campaign donors defrauding the government.

“As long as they contribute big bucks to Marilyn’s campaign, they can get away with murder as far as she’s concerned,” Paccione said. “She looks the other way when ConAgra hires illegal immigrants, and she continues to look the other way when there is undeniable evidence of fraud.”

Paccione, who recently was named a “Friend of the Farm Bureau” by the Colorado Farm Bureau, said Musgrave consistently favors multinational meatpacking corporations at the expense of family ranchers and the American consumers, and Colorado’s rural economy is suffering for it.

“Marilyn has a proven record of caving in to these special interests, whether it’s voting against keeping sick animals out of packing plants, or her repeated votes against Country of Origin Labeling,” Paccione said. “It’s time for principled leadership in Congress for a change.” 

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