"Jaime has never let a campaign contribution influence her actions before and she's not going to start now," This was a quote from Casey Bowman, Chief of Staff to Rep. Herrera Beutler, in reference to her policy toward campaign contributors. I would like to take a moment to question the truth of that statement, based on her top private contributor and the one bill she has sponsored which has a chance of passing.
Since 2009 Kiewit Corp. has given Jaime Herrera Beutler and her campaign $45,879, her leading contributor. Since she has been a Congresswoman Rep. Herrera Beutler has gotten none of her sponsored bills passed.
Her first bill that has a fighting chance is H.R. 2026. This bill is entitled the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act of 2013, a boring name for a bill that will deregulate water runoff resulting from; nursery operations, site preparation, reforestation, thinning, prescribed burning, pest and fire control, harvesting operations, surface drainage, and road use, construction, and maintenance.
The way that I read this bill is that if it is passed, it removes a vital chunk from Clean Water Act. Kiewit Corp. is a large construction firm that builds and maintains roads, and also build and upgrade wastewater management stations. I wonder who benefits from removing regulations that keep water clean, the people or the companies that must abide by the regulations.
Remember, when a spokesperson for a Congresswoman says money does not influence their decisions, one only needs an internet connection to have reason to question their honesty.
I strongly encourage you to join me in support of Bob Dingethal in the November election of our member of congress.
BETTY L. JOHNSON