EDF sent out an email yesterday gloating about how they have spent over $350,000 to smear Rep. Steve Southerland in order to get him defeated. Over a third of a million dollars - imagine what that money could have done for our fisheries!
This is how the Mexican drug cartels operate - go against them and they not only kill you, they cut off your head and stick it on a pole to serve as a warning to others not to do the same. EDF is sending a message to other Congressmen not to go against their extremist anti-fishing campaign.
Strange that there are limits to how much you can contribute to someone's election campaign but apparently no limits on how much you can spend attacking their opponent when the end result is the same.
EDF has corrupted the entire political process in regards to our fisheries - a sad day in America when an extremist, anti-fishing thug organization is allowed to spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to affect the outcome of a single Congressional race. I consider this to be another example of their undue influence that is undermining what is actually good for America.
EDF is funding front groups such as the Charter Fisherman's Association, the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance, and the Gulf Fishermen's Association to do their bidding - all of the above have participated in this effort to get Southerland un-elected and should be ashamed of themselves, but I guess greed will make you do things you wouldn't normally do.
People over in Rep. Southerland's district in the Florida panhandle need to get out and vote TODAY to re-elect someone who is actually fighting for our fishing rights and heritage - REP. STEVE SOUTHERLAND.
Capt. Thomas J. Hilton