- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 26, 2001

The New York Times recently published an article with the headline, "Bush to Insist on Ethanol Use in California." Katherine Q. Seelye, the reporter, wrote: "The decision opens up the biggest market in the country to corn producers and, in particular, could benefit the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) agribusiness, a major Republican contributor …" Gotcha. The Times is letting you know that President Bush's decision is payola, rewarding a "major Republican contributor."
The Times is so wedded to the Democratic Party that neither its reporter nor its editors ever checked whether ADM might also be a major contributor to the Democratic Party. Ira Stoll, who runs a web site (www.smartertimes.com), examined the Federal Election Commission's web-searchable records and discovered that since 1997, ADM has donated $100,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, $200,000 to the Democratic National Committee, and $199,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Also, the ADM political action committee distributed $15,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and $10,000 to the Democratic Party of Illinois.
And more goodies to the Democratic liberal left, including these to senators and House members: $3,000 to Evan Bayh, $2,000 to Barbara Boxer, $3,000 to Carol Moseley Braun, $3,000 to John Breaux, $10,000 to Mel Carnahan, $7,000 to Tom Daschle, $6,000 to Richard Durbin, $4,000 to Dianne Feinstein, $13,000 to Richard Gephardt, $10,000 to Ted Kennedy, $4,500 to Charles Rangel, $10,000 to Charles Stenholm, and $10,000 to Robert Torricelli.
We await with interest a New York Times editors' note explaining why they overlooked ADM's record as "a major Democratic contributor."

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