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Article on Roy Blunt, the Senator behind the passage of the recent biotech rider

Posted By Dr. Michael Polsinelli, DC On April 8, 2013 @ 9:53 pm In Food,Politics | No Comments

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) inserted a rider into the Agriculture Appropriations Bill that would allow planting of genetically modified food even if a federal judge ruled to block it.

From the article:

Which senator pushed the rider into the bill? At the time, no one stepped forward to claim credit. But since then, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) has revealed [1] to Politico‘s ace reporter David Rogers that he’s the responsible party. Blunt even told Rogers that he “worked with” GMO seed giant Monsanto to craft the rider.

The admission shines a light on Blunt’s ties to Monsanto, whose office is located in the senator’s home state. According to OpenSecrets, Monsanto first started contributing to Blunt back in 2008 [2], when it handed him $10,000. At that point, Blunt was serving in the House of Representatives. In 2010 [3], when Blunt successfully ran for the Senate, Monsanto upped its contribution to $44,250. And in 2012 [4], the GMO seed/pesticide giant enriched Blunt’s campaign war chest by $64,250.

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[1] revealed: http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=14B6FB84-05E5-4CF0-AEA8-ED22A47CDDA4

[2] 2008: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2008&type=I&cid=n00005195&newMem=N&recs=20

[3] 2010: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=n00005195&newMem=N&recs=20

[4] 2012: http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2012&cid=n00005195&type=I

[5] Sen. Roy Blunt: Monsanto’s Man in Washington: http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/04/sen-roy-blunt-monsantos-man-washington

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