Friday, May 16, 2008

Sen. Grassley Responds to Ethanol Smear Campaign

Senator Charles Grassley Iowa Ethanol Smear CampaignIowa Senator Charles Grassley went to the senate floor this week to respond to the ethanol smear campaign orchestrated by the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

He shared the details of this recently uncovered "stealth" campaign to make ethanol the scapegoat for a variety of problems with his fellow senators:

"But, as was recently reported, this anti-ethanol campaign is not a coincidence. It turns out that a $300,000, six-month retainer of a beltway public relations firm is behind the smear campaign, hired by the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

They’ve outlined their strategy of using environmental, hunger and food aid groups to demonstrate their contrived “crisis.”

I think it’s important for policy-makers and the American people to know who’s behind this effort.

According to reports, downtown D.C. lobbyists, the Glover Park Group and Dutko Worldwide, are leading the effort to undermine and denigrate the patriotic achievement of America’s farmers to reduce our dependence on foreign oil while also providing safe and affordable food."
The senator went on to detail the plans put together by the GMA and a high-priced DC public relations group to oppose the American-grown renewable fuel industry. He also made the original documents available.

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