Alaska Senator Murkowski will co-chair Bipartisan Oceans Caucus
Nation needs to be careful of Senate’s Oceans Caucus & its participants.
September 12, 2011 — Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski told media that she will be co-chairwoman of a new bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus. The caucus will educate congressional members with briefings on ocean research and policy.
If Abusive Transfer Pricing is not a part of the syllabus, then it can’t be called an education!
Murkowski will co-chair Bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus
The Caucus meets for the first time Tuesday, Sept. 13th, 2011 when other leaders will be chosen. Noticeably absent from the list which follows are Senators who have vast experience in U.S. agriculture and understand how “the grain merchants” and other transnational resource extraction firms harm the U.S. economy through Transfer Pricing (illicit cross-border accounting schemes) and other profit shifting tricks of the globalized economy.
Murkowski, and several other senators on the following list have used end-run legislation and failed to adhere to the nation’s fisheries laws when their special corporate constituencies’ interests need to be met, over the needs of the public and participating fishermen.
Republicans include Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Democrats include Mark Begich of Alaska, Barbara Boxer of California, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Tom Carper and Chris Coons of Delaware, Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Ben Cardin of Maryland, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington state.
This makes the appointment of a fisheries aide replacement for Arne Fuglvog, who recently pled guilty to a violation of the Lacey Act, all the more important. If she chooses a large processing companies shill like fish industry attorney John Iani, then Senator Murkowski will send a huge signal that she cares not for the average fisherman or coastal family fishing industry, but kowtows to the multinational corporations who would privatize public resources out of sheer greed. Another poor choice — among the many who corruptly helped cost Alaska thousands of fishing jobs — would be moving staffer McKie Campbell, formerly with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, into that fisheries aide spot.
The Groundswell Fisheries Movement believes that other states’ Congressional offices should get in touch with their own constituents and learn for themselves, not merely take the advice of this caucus, which could quickly devolve into a propaganda machine playing the Catch Shares “Wurlitzer.” We need to preserve jobs and open up more opportunities, not give away public trust privileges to fish to a concentrated few who play along in order to be able to privatize fish and charge high rents. Alaska cannot afford more entrenchment of its Resource Curse, and more Regulatory Capture of the agencies and caucuses that serve the public larceny of our oceans.