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Bush Nominates Anti-Consumer Advocate to Chair the Consumer Products Safety Commission

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In a bold move to help the manufacturing lobby and repay them for their contributions to the Republican Party, President Bush inexplicably nominated the Executive Vice President of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to Chair the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). This outrage will be the subject of massive opposition when the consumers of the country, already unhappy with the President, find out what he now proposes. The Senate will be holding hearings on the nomination of Michael Baroody in the next serveral weeks. The CPSC has jurisdiction over 15,000 products and NAM member companies have been repeatedly fined by the CPSC over the years. Public Citizen has compiled a listing of these fines. The conflict of interest is apparent. This appointment illustrates the unmitigated gall of this President to side with powerful corporate interests against consumers.