‘Pink Slime’ Maker Gave $800,000 To Candidates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The main producer of the lean beef trimmings that critics call “pink slime” has donated more than $800,000 to state and federal political candidates over the past decade.

On Sunday, the Des Moines Register detailed the donations that Beef Products Inc. has made.

The company’s product made from beef trimmings is under scrutiny because of public concerns about the ammonium hydroxide it uses to treat the meat, which the company says kills bacteria.

Executives and employees at BPI have given at least $546,500 to candidates for state office in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas. And the company’s owners Eldon and Regina Roth have given $274,250 to congressional and presidential candidates since 2008.

Nearly all of that $820,750 — except for $28,400 — went to Republicans.

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  • justiceforjanelle

    And now we know why Texas Governor Rick Perry wants our chldren to eat this stuff. I told you so.

  • TheNiteNurse

    I think this speaks volumes as to why all the GOP folks are running around saying pink slime is okay to eat. When is it okay to eat meat that was treated with ammonia? That can’t possibly be good for you.

  • Michael Eric White

    I don’t know if its bad for you but it’s obvious they have been brought!

  • norulers

    This tells you all you need to know. No matter the party, ALL politicians are merely gangsters looking for more wealth and power. The state, no matter the name, location, or size, exists to benefit the few at the expense of the many.

  • YRofTexas

    They should have held on to their 800k, since they have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They paid to both parties, so, no doubt, they weren’t along party lines; instead gave when there was something that protected or promoted something economically that they benefited from. That is normal politics, as I am certain that when you like someone or something, you would willingly give to that person/organization, if it followed your belief system.
    That is why I give to pro-life organizations. Am I also being political? Good grief!

    • norulers

      Yes, absolutely! As long as the organization wishes to use government force and coercion against others to promote the organization’s agenda.

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