June 17th – Protest Strickland’s Tobacco Industry Campaign Donation

As Action Items come to my attention, I will be sending out notices in the hopes of helping those who are sponsoring events to increase turnout. This event is organized by Louis Pandolfi and he is organizing to protest contributions from Tobacco to Strickland and in support of Hannah Beth-Jackson. Due to the theme of this protest, it is easy to see why we all have to push for clean money and full public financing of elections. The amount of money that is now needed to run a decent campaign at the local and state level is obscene. I hope you rally for clean money as well!

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PRESS RELEASE

PROTEST AGAINST $50,000 TOBACCO DONATION TO VCRCC & TONY STRICKLAND FOR
STATE SENATE

We will be protesting the Ventura County Republican Central Committee’s acceptance of a $50,000 contribution from Altria (Philip Morris) on behalf of Tony Strickland. We view a contribution of this size as very significant and a further indication that the tobacco industry will continue to attempt to buy politicians in California. No other single company is responsible for more deaths of American citizens. Mitt Romney, keynote speaker at the Strickland fundraiser and on the shortlist for Republican Vice President, should speak out about tobacco and the cancer it continues to spread throughout our Nation.

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 6:00 P.M.

Place: Hyatt Westlake Plaza
880 S. Westlake Blvd.
Westlake Village

4 Responses

  1. The statement that “no other single company is responsible for more deaths of American citizens” is incorrect. That honor belongs to Planned Parenthood.

    The anti-tobacco lobby has become too powerful. They are the ones that buy politicians and control the conversation. The shoddy research into second-hand smoke is touted as gospel while anyone who presents arguments against taking away the rights of smokers is deemed part of this “problem”. I hope that in return for the donation, and just out of plain common sense, Tony will resist further attempts to take away the rights of smokers.

    -A Cigar Smoker

  2. Kevin,

    You said:

    “I hope that in return for the donation…”

    Are you saying that Tony Strickland could be bought? I think you should clarify your remarks if you support him.

    I am interested in what the policies towards tobacco both candidates have.

    Do you think it is fair to limit using vending machines to sell tobacco?

    What about smoking in public parks?

    Are these the policies you think he should support?

  3. That was a good question, I am interested in the response as well. I guess I should have pointed that out as well, however I was confused about the logic of the statement as it seemed in support of drug addition.

  4. He actually said this!

    “I hope that in return for the donation, and just out of plain common sense, Tony will resist further attempts to take away the rights of smokers.”

    In return for the donation?

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