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DEMAND A CONSUMER ADVOCATE WHO PROTECTS CONSUMERS

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If Big Tobacco, crooked chemical corporations and President Trump get their way, another industry shill will sit on a commission charged with protecting consumers against unscrupulous corporations and their harmful products.

With her record, it’s unlikely that Trump’s nominee, Dana Baiocco, would protect anything but corporate interests. Baiocco is dangerous and unfit to serve on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) but her nomination could see a Senate floor vote as early as next week.

Tell your Senator that Baiocco should not be confirmed for this crucial public safety role.

The CPSC sets federal regulations, develops uniform safety standards and conducts research into product-related illnesses and injury. The jobs of the CPSC commissioners exist so that you don’t have to worry about whether that new sofa or cell phone you’re buying will harm you or your family.

Baiocco has devoted her career as a lawyer to defending defective and dangerous products.

She represented clients such as Yamaha, which manufactured ATVs linked to multiple deadly roll-over accidents; Volkswagen, which cheated on emission standards; Mattel, which manufactured toys containing high levels of lead paint; and RJ Reynolds, a tobacco company that hid the known hazards of smoking for decades, and waged a deceitful campaign to encourage people to feel “safe” smoking at home by promoting the extensive use of toxic flame retardant chemicals in mattresses and furniture.

Your senators will be voting on this dangerous nominee soon, and they need to hear from you. Urge them to block Dana Baiocco and demand a commissioner who will protect everyone living in the United States.

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Stand Up for Consumer Safety: The CPSC Cannot Be Tainted by Conflicts-of-Interest with CPSC Nominee

Dear Senator,



I am writing to express my concern about the nomination of Dana Baiocco to serve as a commissioner on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

As a consumer I rely on the CPSC to protect the health and safety of my family. You must ensure that CPSC's decision-making process will not be tainted by conflicts of interest.

No one is above the law, and CPSC commissioners must comply with the same fundamental rules of ethics that are required of all government employees. This means that CPSC commissioners should recuse themselves from matters in which a reasonable person would question their impartiality. There is little doubt that reasonable people would question Ms. Baiocco's impartiality when it comes to deciding the safety of products manufactured by companies she has vigorously defended in legal proceedings in order to deny compensation to their victims.

As your constituent, I urge you to demand that Ms. Baiocco commits to recusing herself from matters in which her impartiality can reasonably be questioned.

The public deserves a CPSC commissioner who will put consumer protection first.

As your constituent, I urge you to:

*Demand that Ms. Baiocco commits to recusing herself from matters in which her impartiality can reasonably be questioned including work involving flame retardant chemicals in consumer products, given her history representing Big Tobacco, and

*Oppose her nomination if she refuses to do so.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
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