Cynthia Dill, Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, issued a statement today about Common Cause's new report on the influence of the chemical industry:
"A new Common Cause report shows us that the chemical industry is spending large chunks of money in an attempt to sway key congressional races this election year.
"That's just not right. We need people in Congress who will stand up to big lobbyists like this and say, "No.' We need more safety reforms, not more campaign contributions.
"As a mother, and as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, I can assure you of my resolve to support the Safe Chemicals Act in Congress. We must push for stronger protections against toxic chemicals that creep into our environment and daily products. As a state representative, I supported the Kids Product Safety Act in Maine and I also worked with Common Cause.
"The answer is not for the chemical industry to buy its way into Congress. The answer is for future lawmakers to push for more consumer protections and to enact more safeguards against hazardous chemicals.
"I have taken no money as a U.S. Senate candidate from this powerful business lobby, but many congressional candidates have - to the tune of millions of dollars, according to the Common Cause report.
"In Maine, our families are exposed to toxic chemicals such as lead, cadmium, phthalates, and formaldehyde - often through products in our own homes. We purchase these products with no information about the hazardous chemicals they contain because there is no mandatory label or safety information standards.
"Meanwhile, we know that exposure to toxic chemicals can increase the likelihood of cancer and autism, learning disabilities and other serious health risks.
"Maine is a green state and has always been protective of its environment. A survey last year found that 91 percent of Mainers polled support replacing toxic chemicals with safer alternatives. And 88 percent of Maine businesses surveyed want a stronger federal policy to ensure safety testing in commerce.
"Join me today in standing up to Big Chemical. Tell this lobby to keep its wads of money. As a Maine resident, tell this lobby that your vote is not for sale."