Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bonner & Associates Called Into Mr. Markey's Office

Continuing coverage of this summer's favorite 'Astroturf' (as opposed to grassroots) scandal, a Congressional panel will hold an investigative hearing this week to examine at the forged letters sent by DC lobbying shop Bonner Associates to Members of Congress during the House climate debate. You may recall that Bonner impersonated minority, veteran and senior citizen groups in sending opposing letters, setting off the Congressional investigation.

Bonner was acting on behalf of its client the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, which, in its short time in existence, has joined the pantheon of polluting front groups opposing clean energy reform. Then again, they have also provided us with perhaps the greatest unintentionally lame propaganda video of all time.

Rep. Ed Markey (MA), lead sponsor of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, will be running the hearing in his role as Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Per Mr. Markey's office:
“The Select Committee has now discovered more than a dozen fraudulent letters that were sent to several members of Congress as part of an ‘Astroturf’ campaign run by the firm, Bonner & Associates, and contracted by the American Clean Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity,” a news release from Markey’s office states. “This campaign was designed to influence members of Congress on the House-passed Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill.”
We will be covering the hearing tomorrow live on LCV's Twitter feed. Be sure to follow us if you don't already - this should be a doozy.

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