TheAxneFiles.com: Cindy Axne’s Troubling Investments in Polluting and Toxic Companies
Liberal Cindy Axne has been telling voters she’s looking out for middle-class Iowans and the environment. But today, the Republican Party of Iowa is launching the TheAxneFiles.com to uncover the truth about Cindy Axne: Axne has put her money where her mouth is by investing in companies that pollute the environment.
“The truth about Cindy Axne’s record is disturbing: Axne has profited off of toxic companies that pollute our environment and who have even shot protesters near their sites,” said Jesse Dougherty, Communications Director for the Republican Party of Iowa. “Axne’s troubling investments no doubt put a stain on her record and directly conflict with what she’s been telling Iowans on the campaign trail. If Axne can’t be honest about her background, what else is she hiding from voters?”
For a candidate who prides themselves on their work for the “Governor’s Agenda on Clean Energy and the Environment,” and who constantly talks about wanting to “protect our environment,” we now know that Axne was telling Iowans one thing while doing the complete opposite for her own gain.
From the Axne Files:
- Cindy Axne invested in mining companies with troubling records, including one that had “3 cyanide spills in 18 months.” One of the spills included 1 million liters of “cyanide spilled into a river providing drinking water.” (Source: “Exclusive: Barrick faces sanctions for Argentina cyanide spills, judge says,” Reuters, May 8, 2017)
- The mining company “failed to complete an urgent review before the 3rd spill” and was eventually fined $16 million for “failing to comply with environmental regulation.” (Source: “Barrick Gold Fined $16M For Environmental Problems At $5B Pascua Lama Project In Chile,” Forbes, May 24, 2013)
- Reports cited the appalling impact of one of the invested companies’ mines: “The water tastes like acid, like something out of a car battery…evidence of ‘severe’ contamination in the form of highly acidic and metal-rich water from the mine site flowing into a stream used by villagers for agriculture and domestic purposes.” (Source: “Gold giant faces Honduras inquiry into alleged heavy metal pollution,” The Guardian, December 31, 2009)
- “Seven protesters who had gathered peacefully” for a demonstration outside of one of the mines were “shot by the mine’s private security workers.” (Source: “‘If we’re attacked, we’ll die together,’ a teenage anti-mining activist told her family. But when the bullets came, they killed only her,” LA Times, December 27, 2017)
- A mining company that Axne invested in was once fined $50,000 for failing to report a spill and was later added to Canada’s Environmental Offenders Registry. (Source: “Agnico Eagle fined $50K for spill at Meadowbank mine,” CBC News, May 2, 2017)
Stay tuned… there’s more to come on the Axne files… and remember: the truth is out there