Monday, December 26, 2011

Rehberg's mining friends

Posted By on Mon, Dec 26, 2011 at 10:30 AM

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In case you missed it over the holiday weekend, The New York Times published a Dec. 24 story about Denny Rehberg's strong ties to the mining industry.

Just in the past two years, mining industry executives and companies including big players like Murray Energy, Arch Coal and Cloud Peak Energy have donated nearly $100,000 to Mr. Rehberg’s Senate campaign, making him one of the top recipients of mining money in Congress and their favorite in the contest with Mr. Tester.

Not everyone associated with the mining industry appreciates Rehberg's efforts. As the congressman targets "excessive" regulatory measures, advocates for miner health and safety feel he's "trying to cut us in the neck."

There's plenty more to the story, and it's worth reading in its entirety, but this tidbit halfway through stuck out:

The congressman has a tangential personal tie to the mining industry. His son, A. J., is an executive at a startup business called Mongolia Forward, which is trying to negotiate with the Asian nation to tap its uranium reserves. If the company succeeds in the deal and seeks to import the minerals to the United States, it is likely to partner with one of the major mining businesses that donate to the lawmaker.

There's also a multimedia package attached to the story, which looks closer at Rehberg's record over the years.

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