It’s easy to forget these days that there’s more going on in Washington D.C. than the daily intrigue swirling around the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia.
But there is. And much of it doesn’t bode well for the issues you care about.
A New York Times article this week painted a stark picture of Trump’s deregulation teams and how the work they’re doing “is being conducted in large part out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts.”
The Times reported on the difficulty reporters have encountered in trying to learn more about who’s running the teams, and just how deep their industry ties are, through requests for public documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In many cases, responses to public records requests have been “denied, delayed or severely redacted,” the Times wrote.
The notion that industry lobbyists are running the show in D.C. is nothing new. But if we thought corporate influence over public policy was bad before (and we did), it’s fast approaching levels companies like Dow and Monsanto could only have dreamed of a few years ago.
OCA’s attorneys recently used FOIA to obtain information about what’s in Sanderson Farms “100% Natural” chicken. What we found—drugs, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides—astounded us. We went to the media with those results, and to the courts to stop Sanderson’s deception in the marketplace.
Now, we worry that our next FOIA request will be met with the same response that the Times reporters got: denied, delayed or severely redacted.
Time will tell. But we know this: No amount of corporate collusion with government agencies, no attempts to hide the truth from consumers or the public, will shut us down.
With your help, we will keep the pressure on the EPA, FDA and USDA. Every. Single. Day.
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