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August 04, 2009

ACCCE Hired The Firm Behind Forged Letters

Just in case you hadn't seen this news yet - the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) is the group that hired Bonner & Associates, the lobbying firm that sent those forged anti-climate legislation letters to Cong. Tom Perriello in Virginia. ACCCE is denouncing the forgeries, saying a group they hired subcontracted Bonner and Associates and that they would never approve such low down tactics.

Oh, except that ACCCE found out about these forged letters on June 24, two days before the House narrowly passed the American Clean Energy & Security Act (ACES). And they just admitted their involvement yesterday.

Also now adding to the intrigue, 12 forged letters have been discovered. ClimateWire and the NY Times are reporting that two other members of Congress received forged letters, too, Kathy Dahlkemper and Chris Carney (both of Pennsylvania). Both those members voted against ACES.

Oh ACCCE, so shady. Our friends over at NRDC also noted earlier this summer that ACCCE also heavily revised their lobbying report - knocking $10.5 million off the total.

Since ACCCE is now denouncing these forgeries and any type of fraudulent lobbying actions, saying they did not direct it, maybe they'll join us in asking the Department of Justice to fully investigate just how this all happened?

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