$26,700 from Alcohol Industry Question Senator’s Opposition to Smoke-Free Law

on 03/04/11 at 11:33 am

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Saying it raises questions about his opposition to a smoke-free law that includes bars, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids today released data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics showing that over the last two election cycles, Senator Ronnie J. Alting has taken more political contributions from businesses involved in the sale and distribution of beer, wine and liquor than from any other industry.

Alting is currently trying to prevent bars from being covered under a proposed smoke-free law. Alcohol-related industries, along with tobacco companies, have been a chief opponent of efforts to pass a smoke-free law in Indiana.  According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, alcohol-related interests have given Senator Alting at least $26,700, including at least $14,500 in the last two election cycles alone. A full examination of uncoded donations would likely reveal even more contributions from the beer, wine, and liquor industries.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids calls on Senator Alting to show his independence by introducing amendments to strengthen the smoke-free law to protect all Indiana workers, including those who work in bars.

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