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Last Gasp

Tuesday, October 21, 1997

Last Gasp

Can Polluters Buy Congress in the Clean Air Fight?

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What influences members of Congress more?

Toxic air pollution that the government has concluded will shorten the lives of the people they represent? Or campaign contributions politicians receive from companies that are causing the pollution and opposing a new regulation to control it?

Our analysis of campaign gifts and air pollution data concludes that too many politicians in the House of Representatives side with their contributors and against their constituents on air pollution, even in U.S. metropolitan areas where air pollution prematurely ends thousands of lives each year. Our analysis underscores the need to clean up America’s air and our campaign finance laws.