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Friday, May 27, 2005

It's Raining Money

When it comes to money, piety will only go so far. Two days before Rick Santorum introduced a bill that would restrict the National Weather Service, his political action committee received a $2,000 donation from the chief executive of AccuWeather, Inc., a leading and rival provider of weather data.

The bill would prevent NWS from certain services offered by the private sector, ultimatley protecting AccuWeather's handing out weather data to a variety of outlets, including media organizations.

Santorum argues that the bill would force NWS to focus on its core mission of getting threatening weather information out in a "timely and speedy basis." Opponents say the bill prevents dissemination of weather information, which endangers the public and forces taxpayers to pay for weather data twice.

When asked about the suspicious activity, Santorum said he didn't see "any coincidence between the two" and that there just happened to "be a fundraiser in the town" the chief executive was in. The Peach sees this as being no different than "coincidentally" fundraising in Florida at the same time Terry Schiavo was dying.

The Peach can only wonder if the new face of Catholicism is meant to be represented by such a selfish, greedy man.

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