Sunday, February 26, 2006

Oh--so that's why Brian Baird is supporting Walden's logging bill

Friday's hearing in Medford had one puzzling aspect for me: Why is Brian Baird (Wa 03), a Democrat who has traditionally been a fervent critic of the Bush Administration's anti-science stance, grilling this grad student so hard in an attempt to subvert the science of his paper?

One possible answer: campaign money.

According to Noemie Maxwell at Washblog, Baird has been the happy recipient of $10,000 from Weyerhaueser and Simpson Investment Corporation between 2000 and 2005.

Open Secrets notes that Congressman Greg Walden is the top recipient in all of DC for Forestry and Forest Products campaign cash.

Bread, meet your butter.