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On Slaughter Tax References Made in District 31 Senate Race Campaign Materials

Saint Cloud, MN (November 1, 2010) —Gold’n Plump Poultry, the Midwest’s largest fully integrated chicken producer with facilities in Arcadia, Wisconsin, was recently named in campaign materials for senate candidate Ed Thompson who is running against Senator Kathleen Vinehout in the 31st senate district.

According to a spokesperson for Gold’n Plump, the campaign materials were not authorized by the company and incorrectly stated Senator Vinehout’s actions regarding a proposed slaughter tax on Wisconsin meat processors that was included in the 2009-11 proposed budget bill. “Even though our company doesn’t endorse individual candidates, we felt it was important voters have accurate information to help them make informed decisions,” stated Lexann Pryd-Kakuk, corporate relations manager for Gold’n Plump.

The campaign piece stated that Senator Vinehout voted for a $375,000 livestock slaughter tax included as part of the 2009-2011 state Budget Bill. According to Pryd-Kakuk, the proposed slaughter fee was rejected by the Joint Committee on Finance and was never voted on by Vinehout, contrary to what campaign materials stated.

Also according to Amy Winters, president of Capitol Strategies and government relations representative for Gold’n Plump, “Senator Kathleen Vinehout worked tirelessly to remove the provision from Governor Doyle’s proposed budget and spoke out against the tax, saying the proposed fee would be unfair to rural businesses. It would not have been removed without her efforts.”


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