Home 2012 races Douglass for Congress Campaign Donates $4,600 to “Keep the Ban” Anti-Uranium-Mining Group

Douglass for Congress Campaign Donates $4,600 to “Keep the Ban” Anti-Uranium-Mining Group


The John Douglass for Congress campaign has issued a statement (see below) on this story, which points out that Douglass, who has relentlessly (and correctly!) criticized Rep. Robert Hurt (pictured at right, looking like he’s drinking uranium tailings or something – heh) for his massive conflict of interest regarding uranium mining in the district, “received $4,250 in campaign donations from executives with United States Enrichment Corp. from October 2011 through September 2012.”

General Douglass’s campaign is putting our money where our mouth is to stop dangerous uranium mining in Virginia by donating $4,600 to a leading “Keep the Ban” charitable organization, an amount equivalent to contributions from Douglass’s former Navy colleagues who happen to work with US Enrichment Corp. Now if Corporate Congressman Hurt is serious about this issue, it’s time for him to categorically oppose uranium mining near residential communities, support a federal ban in Congress and give up his campaign contributions from Virginia Uranium investors — and while he’s at it, give up his $14,000 from Goldman Sachs, “a major proponent of privatizing social security.”

Of course, Hurt is NOT serious about this issue, certainly not in the sense that he’s “serious” about protecting the people of his district, the environment, or anything but his own corporate buddies and bottom line. Meanwhile, John Douglass did exactly the right thing, and deserves applause for doing so. Quite a contrast with empty suit/corporate crony Robert Hurt!


    The Roanoke River Basin Association (RRBA) gratefully accepts this generous gift from the John Douglass for Congress Campaign.

    RRBA is a non-profit, citizens’ organization whose mission is to establish and carry out a strategy for the development, use, preservation and enhancement of the resources of the Roanoke River basin in the best interest of present and future generations.  RRBA believes that basin resource conservation can co-exist with managed economic growth.  

    For 67 years RRBA has been in the forefront in protecting our region’s water resources from numerous challenges, including inter-basin transfer, invasive species, and most recently, the threat of uranium mining and milling.  In addition, RRBA is developing a tourism/recreation program called Upper Reach, with the objective to make our lakes and rivers a more dynamic resource for our community.

    Uranium mining and milling presents a monumental challenge to our regions’ resources.  We welcome assistance such as this gift as we continue our mission.