Some recent articles in the alternative Health world have chastised Governor Bill Richardson for supposedly accepting $10,000 in contributions from Ajinomoto several years ago. This is not at all correct. They have been given some misinformation or perhaps misinterpreted some. Richardson did accept a $10,000 contribution in his gubernatorial campaign from Altria Corporate Services, the parent name for Kraft/Philip Morris, not Ajinomoto.
Dr. Betty Martini, Founder of Mission Possible International (bless her heart and brave soul), called on him numerous times, as did I, to redonate the $10,000 to New Mexico victims of aspartame poisoning. These requests were absolutely completely ignored; his campaign staff even joked about how Betty would send a new email every three minutes(which was not true at all)! Certainly, those were their actions and not those of Governor Richardson.
In fact, Altria and Ajinomoto hired several close friends of his as lobbyists to influence legislation and to try to kill the Nutrition Council bill; before this he had cautiously encouraged the state conducting hearings in the Environmental Improvement Board on Aspartame, and after those lobbyists "went to work," his support became unclear and the EIB caved in, canceled the hearings, after Ajinomoto threatened them with a lawsuit! i don't see this as Richardson's fault at all, and still believe strongly that he would make the best possible United States Secretary of State.
I only pray that whoever it is, President Obama et. al., will appoint a very
strong consumer protection FDA Commissioner in November; not much chance of Hillary-and-Bill doing such an appointment, given their massive and ongoing support and ties to MONSANTO, the most evil and insidious of American food producing corporations. They were behind the scenes in the demise of both the House and Senate Bills in Honolulu.
We would certainly like to find some more legislative accomplices who might
help bring about bills to ban aspartame in 10 states! Then even Mr.
Corporate Power himself, FDA Director Andrew Von Eschenbach, would comprehend how he should have rescinded FDA approval for Aspartame 2 years ago when he was first explicitly asked to do so by 21 New Mexico Legislators who signed a letter to that effect.
After November, he will be out the door, and we must lean on Obama now to at least recognize how important Consumer Protection overhaul really is!!!!
Stephen Fox Managing Editor, Santa Fe News Sun
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