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More Companies Behind the Lies - even Big Tobacco!

Today's mail brought the latest attack from Minnesota's Future.  This time, they flat-out lie by asserting that Peter Fischer "tricked all of Maplewood by imposing single-payer, government-run trash collection."  Their source?  "Maplewood City Council Hearing, November 28, 2011."

As it happens, I was at that meeting, and as I recall Peter was just one of dozens of citizens who got up and expressed an opinion for or against the plan we on the council then voted on -- and passed 4-1.

So it's not too big a stretch to say that Minnesota's Future -- and its principle figures, Chris Tiedeman (chair) and Gregory Johnson of Weber Johnson Public Affairs -- are liars, political hacks paid to say any old thing they think will serve the needs of their corporate masters.  If you like to work with people who have integrity, I'd recommend avoiding them and their firm.  If on the other hand you lack morals or character, and are looking for a sleazy front to do your political dirty work, they may be right up your alley.

Speaking of their corporate masters, this latest mailing prodded me to check for recent filings, and I see that we can add some more out-of-town and even out-of-state corporations and organizations to the list of underwriters of Mr. Tiedeman's sleaze:

Anderson Trucking
Box 1377
St. Cloud MN 56302

New Horizon Feeds, Inc.
319 N. Hiawatha
P.O. Box 708
Pipestone MN 56164

Northern Oil & Gas, Inc.
315 Manitoba Ave Suite 200
Wayzata MN 55391

RAI Services Company
P.O. Box 464
Winston-Salem NC 27102

1201 F Street NW
Washington DC 20004

Interestingly, I think RAI and Northern Oil & Gas (ticker symbol NOG) are the first publicly traded companies to show up on the sleazebacker list.  NOG even has a "Code of Business Conduct and Ethics," which perhaps they need to amend to make it clear that their executives may choose to spend shareholder money on dishonest political attacks if they feel like it.

RAI Services is a branch of the RJ Reynolds tobacco empire (makers of Camel, American Spirit, Pall Mall, Doral, Kool, Winston, and Salem), so I suppose lying comes as naturally to them as coughing.

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