Laramie, Wy – Two candidates for U-S House are
criticizing incumbent Barbara Cubin for taking a disproportionate
sum of campaign contributions from the oil and gas and pharmaceutical industries.
Of the 555-thousand dollars Cubin has raised this election
cycle, more than 70 percent has come from political action
committees. PACs are formed by industry or issue-oriented groups to
raise money for candidates likely to advance the group's interests.
Cubin's PAC donors include the drug company GlaxoSmith Kline and
oil companies Chevron Texaco, ExxonMobil and Shell Oil.
Two natural gas companies with operations in Wyoming each have
given her ten-thousand dollars.
Democratic challenger Ted Ladd of Wilson and Republican Bruce
Asay questioned the amount of money Cubin has gotten from the PACs.
Cubin defended her PAC contributions. She says people who belong
to PACs live in Wyoming and contribute because their livelihood
generally depends on the issue at large.