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JUNE 26, 1998
11:00 AM
CONTACT:  Center for Public Integrity
Laura Young at 202-783-3900

Study of Politics of Pesticides to be Released June 30 by Center for Public Integrity

WASHINGTON - News Advisory:

Event: News Conference on Congress and household pesticides

When: Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 a.m. EDT

Location: National Press Club, Murrow Room,
529 14th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

The Center for Public Integrity announces the release of "Unreasonable Risk: The Politics of Pesticides," a comprehensive investigative study that examines how Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency regulate the pesticide industry and its products, including those commonly used inside the home and on lawns.

The center's findings will be released at a news conference on Tuesday, June 30, at 9:30 a.m., in the Murrow Room of the National Press Club.

This major center investigation involved conducting scores of interviews and reviewing thousands of pages of data from the Federal Election Commission and the Center for Responsive Politics, records of the Environmental Protection Agency, House and Senate lobbying and financial disclosure reports, and congressional hearing transcripts, in addition to thousands of secondary sources.

Detailed charts included in the study name the top House and Senate recipients of campaign contributions from pesticide interests, major contributors to congressional campaigns, and the names of former Members of Congress, congressional aides, and executive branch officials who have passed through the "revolving door" to jobs as lobbyists for pesticide manufacturers.

"We entrust our government to safeguard us from harmful substances," said Charles Lewis, executive director of the center. "Unfortunately, each year thousands of Americans discover that their trust has been tragically betrayed."

The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that has issued more than 30 investigative reports since 1990. This is the third of four "Congress and the People" studies to be released by the center in 1998.


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