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Unformatted text preview: Congress in November of 1994. Both the meatpacking industry and the fast food industry have been
major financial supporters of the Republican Party’s right wing. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America, stressing
government deregulation and opposition to an increased minimum wage, fit perfectly with the legislative agenda of the large meatpackers
and fast food chains. A study of campaign contributions between 1987 and 1996, conducted by the Center for Public Integrity, found that
Gingrich received more money from the restaurant industry than any other congressman. Among the top twenty-five House recipients of
restaurant industry funds, only four were Democrats. The meatpacking industry also directed most of its campaign contributions to
conservative Republicans, providing strong support in the Senate to Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Jesse Helms of North Carolina, and Orrin
Hatch of Utah. Between 1987 and 1996, Phil Gramm, a Republican from Texas, received more money from the meatpacking industry than
any other U.S. sen...
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