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Kansas 4th Congressional District Primary Heats Up, With Food in the Forefront

Kansas 4th Congressional District Primary Heats Up, With Food in the Forefront

By | July 30th, 2014 | Blogs, FPA Blogs & News |

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Congressman Mike Pompeo has found himself entrenched in a primary battle with his 4th District predecessor, Todd Tiahrt. In one of the more well-funded races of the 2014 election cycle, Pompeo has seen his political contributions swell, which leads to the question, where is his money coming from?

Who Does Mike Pompeo Represent? July 30, 2014 By Rob Coleman Congressman Mike Pompeo has found himself entrenched in a primary battle with his 4th District predecessor, Todd Tiahrt. In one of the more well-funded races of the 2014 election cycle, Pompeo has seen his political contributions swell, which leads to the question, where is…


Who Does Mike Pompeo Represent? July 30, 2014 By Rob Coleman Congressman Mike Pompeo has found himself entrenched in a primary battle with his 4th D...

Who Does Mike Pompeo Represent?

July 30, 2014

By Rob Coleman

Congressman Mike Pompeo has found himself entrenched in a primary battle with his 4th District predecessor, Todd Tiahrt. In one of the more well-funded races of the 2014 election cycle, Pompeo has seen his political contributions swell, which leads to the question, where is his money coming from? A strategic ally to big food giants Grocery Manufacturers Association, Congressman Pompeo is a staunch opponent of transparency and accountability within our food industry.

This year, Pompeo was hand chosen to be the face and author of H.R. 4432, better known as the “Denying Americans the Right to Know Act” or the “DARK” Act, which would prohibit states and the federal government from passing their own laws regarding the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food. The DARK Act would set the Untied States behind nations such as China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, who all have mandatory GMO labeling laws.

Congressman Pompeo is not concerned with the 93% of Americans who support GMO labeling, and want to know exactly what is in their food. Even Pompeo’s conservative primary opponent, former Congressman Todd Tiahrt, recently made strong statements on the campaign trail slamming Pompeo for choosing corporations over Kansas families: “there is no outcry in Kansas for prohibiting the labeling of GMOs. This came from the lobbyists and corporations funding his (Pompeo’s) campaign. They want the best legislation money can buy and Pompeo delivered.”

 

Kansas voters have to start wondering, ‘who does Mike Pompeo actually represent?’ A staggering 85% of Pompeo’s campaign funds come from Washington, DC — much of it from the same lobbyists and special interests that write his big government, anti-right to know legislation for him. With nearly 50% Congressman Pompeo’s $2 million coming directly from Political Action Committee’s, it’s no wonder Mike Pompeo has had a hard time standing up for Kansas families who want the right to know what’s in their food.

The truth is this primary race is incredibly close and with just 7 days to go, Pompeo’s lead continues to fall. Kansas voters have the opportunity on August 5th to join Todd Tiahrt in choosing mom’s over Monsanto, and send a message that there are consequences for choosing big corporations over Kansas families.

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