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Conaway Wants Answers from EPA for Funding Anti-Farmer Campaign
USAgNet - 04/13/2016

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway sent a letter to Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, requesting information regarding the agency's $3 million cooperative agreement with the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission that funded an advocacy campaign attacking farmers and ranchers in Washington State.

According to a recent news report, EPA has acknowledged that the use of EPA financial assistance to fund this campaign was a violation of federal law.

"While this advocacy campaign is troubling, we are even more concerned that it appears to be part of a broader pattern of mismanagement of federal funds at EPA," Chairman Conaway wrote in the letter. "The cooperative agreement with the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission is one of many awarded as part of EPA Region 10's Puget Sound Action Agenda."

The advocacy campaign includes billboards, bus placards, and a website that encourages the public to contact their state lawmakers using a pre-written email.

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