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A coal industry advocacy group has acknowledged that a contractor it hired later subcontracted a D.C.-based lobbying firm that then fired off a dozen falsified letters to congressional offices, pressuring a "nay" vote on a climate bill, The New York Times reported this week. The forged notes—designed to appear as if written by members of nonprofit groups—arrived before votes were cast on major clean energy legislation; the House narrowly approved the bill on June 26.
Bonner & Associates, hired by a contractor for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), fabricated names of supposed members of the NAACP and Cresciendo Juntos, a Hispanic community group, and made them the "authors" of the would-be grassroots letters, according to the newspaper.
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