Sunday, July 25, 2010

Clinton took warning labels off of sweetners
In 2000, saccharin was delisted from a national report on carcinogens, and then-president Bill Clinton signed legislation to remove the warning label from saccharin-containing products.

Sweet and Low and the Mob
D'Amato Received Illegal Contributions from Mob Associate/Sweet 'N Low Lobbyist.

Al D'Amato received $58,000 in illegal contribution from reputed mob associate and chief lobbyist for Sweet 'N Low producer Cumberland Packing Corp., Joseph Asaro. In April 1995, Asaro pleaded guilty to 3 federal felony counts for making a total of $200,000 in illegal contributions and tampering with witnesses.

D'Amato has called Asaro "a friend", "mentor", and "benefactor." Asaro illegally reimbursed friends' contributions with fraudulent invoices by Cumberland. D'Amato was a key supporter of legislation which would prevent a ban on the carcinogenic saccharin (Sweet 'N Low's main ingredient). D'Amato sponsored legislation in 1987 proposing a 5-year moratorium, which in 1991 was extended through 1997.
Source: Newsday, 4/13/95; NY Daily News, 4/13/95; NY Times, 4/13/95; AP 4/13/95; ABC's "World News Tonight", 4/12/95

Al D'Amato wikipedia
D'Amato is also known for his public controversies and brash style. After a series of investigations in 1991, the Senate Ethics Committee reprimanded D'Amato for allowing his brother Armand, a lobbyist, to use office stationery to help solicit million-dollar Navy contracts for Unisys. Armand D'Amato was convicted on 7 of the 24 counts of mail fraud in May 1993. A federal appeals court reversed Armand D'Amato's mail fraud conviction, finding insufficient evidence against him. Al D'Amato blames William Weld, at the time a federal prosecutor, for an overzealous prosecution against Armand.

The senator's brother was also partners with Lucchese crime family captain Paul Vario and mob associate Phillip Basile. When Basile was arrested for getting mob associate Henry Hill a no-show job at one of his discos, Senator D'Amato testified on Basile's behalf.[3]

Sweet and Low and the Bonanno Family
Marvin, among other things that caused a scandal, put a criminal on the payroll, a reputed associate of the Bonanno crime family. That criminal made illegal campaign contributions to Senator Alfonse D’Amato, who sponsored legislation that kept saccharin on the market. Saccharin, a key ingredient of Sweet’N Low, had been found to cause cancer. In the end, Marvin cut a deal with prosecutors, testifying for the government and keeping himself out of prison.

Sweet & Low scandal
Guilty Plea On Donations To Politicans
Published: April 13, 1995
A former executive of the company that makes Sweet 'n Low pleaded guilty in Federal court in Brooklyn yesterday to operating a complicated scheme to make illegal contributions to some of the nation's most prominent politicians, including Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato and Senator Bob Dole.

At least some of the money, prosecutors say, was intended to influence Congress as it considered whether to ban the use of saccharin, a key ingredient in Sweet 'n Low. But there is no evidence that any of the politicians knew the money was tainted, the prosecutors said.

No comments:

Post a Comment