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Lindbeck Campaign's First Ad Outlines Case Against Don Young
The ad, titled “Reasons,” highlights several of the reasons that Steve Lindbeck is running for Congress against Don Young – including Young’s well-documented history of doing favors for big donors, and his lengthy ties to Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore, the company taking over tugboat operations in Prince William Sound that could lead to 200 Alaska jobs being outsourced to Louisiana workers.
“I don’t think our congressman should be caught by the FBI
doing favors for big contributors.”
Lindbeck makes a strong case for change pointing out that Young refused to get involved in a tugboat contract to his top donor Edison Chouest Offshore – which could outsource 200 Alaska jobs to Louisiana workers. “The Don Young of 40 years ago would have fought like hell for those jobs,” says Lindbeck. “I will.”
“It’s time for leadership that always puts Alaska first,” said Lindbeck. “I’ll be a strong supporter of our oil and gas economy to fill our pipeline and strengthen our state – but I’m also willing to ask the tough questions to stand up for Alaska jobs and the safety of Prince William Sound. Congressman Young has shown he is more interested in speaking up on behalf of his biggest contributors than doing what’s right for Alaska.”
Lindbeck has called for greater scrutiny of Young’s repeated ethics troubles – most recently a revelation that he failed for decades to disclose ownership of California land leased to oil & gas companies that sold for up to half a million dollars. Lindbeck has also questioned why Young pushed the U.S. Coast Guard during a Congressional hearing to lease an Edison Chouest vessel – while staying silent on the Chouest contract in Prince William Sound, which also falls under the purview of the U.S. Coast Guard. Chouest employees and family members have donated over $300,000 to Young over the past five elections cycles.
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Expanded Corporate Power, Lower Wages, Unsafe Food Imports
Have you heard? The TPP is a massive, controversial, pro-corporate "free trade" agreement among the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Although it is called a “trade” agreement, the TPP is not mainly about trade. Of TPP's 30 chapters, only six deal with traditional trade issues.
The TPP comes from 500 official U.S. trade advisors representing corporate interests involved in years of closed-door negotiations while the public, press and Congress were locked out. At the heart of the TPP are new rights for thousands of corporations to sue the U.S. government before a panel of three corporate lawyers that can award unlimited sums, including for loss of future expected profits, to be paid by American taxpayers when the corporations claim U.S. policies violate the new entitlements the TPP would provide them. Read more HERE.
Latest Jones Act Attack Repelled in House
The latest attack on the Jones Act was thwarted late June 8 when the House Rules Committee determined an amendment to eliminate the Jones Act from trade with Puerto Rico was not germane for the current bill before the House to aid the financial situation for the U.S. commonwealth.
“As the facts have clearly shown, the Jones Act does not in any way have anything to do with the unfortunate financial situation before the citizens of Puerto Rico,” he added. “This amendment was simply the latest attempt by the enemies of U.S.-flag shipping to constrain decent American seafaring, shipbuilding and transportation jobs. We have weathered these fights for generations, and will remain vigilant for future attacks.” Read more.