Both lawmakers and the other witnesses are now lambasting Bonner on two of his claims: that he didn’t know when the vote was, and that he didn’t know which members of Congress were swing votes on the issue.
One witness from a community group points out that any grassroots lobbying firm worth it’s salt would know these things, and calls Bonner’s claims “disingenuous.”“Give me a break,” says Rep. Jay Inslee.
Now Inslee is pressing Steve Miller of the ACCCE to admit that his group is responsible in part for the fraud perpetrated by Congress. Inslee reads the phone script that Bonner sued, on ACCCE’s behalf, to solicit support for the coal lobby’s campaign. (We posted the document here.) It suggests that electricity bills will double if global warming legislation passes.
Inslee is making clear how misleading the phone script was, calling it “wholly wrong and fraudulent.”
Bonner now points out that this was a training document for callers, rather than the script itself. Same difference, says Inslee.
Now Miller of the ACCCE is saying the doubling of rates issue came from Bonner, and ACCCe had no idea Bonner was sayig that. To which Inslee says that Miller reminds him of the guy who hires a hit-man and tells him, don’t tell me if you use a knife or a gun.