U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo Sponsors the DARK Act

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Supports Government Regulations That Take Decisions Away from Consumers

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo is running for reelection based on a libertarian, anti-government regulation platform. But the congressman only advocates for the hands-off approach when it suits his interests and that of the big corporations that donate to his campaign.

On his Pompeo for Congress website, the Kansas lawmaker describes the federal government’s primary role as “to get the heck out of way [sic] and let the citizens of this great nation prosper with individual and economic freedoms.”

In regards to the Affordable Care Act, he carps, “the President and his Democrat allies in Congress continue to cling to their government-knows-best policies.”

And when it comes to clean energy, “Pompeo joined Senator Pat Roberts in calling for less in the way of new federal regulations.”

Yet, Rep. Pompeo's libertarianism is conveniently dismissed when his donors stand to profit from federal regulations. With contributions of $116,250 so far to the 2013 to 2014 campaign cycle, Koch Industries is Rep. Pompeo’s biggest donor — and a big proponent of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014.

Rep. Pompeo is the primary sponsor of the pro-regulatory Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The law is often appropriately referred to as the DARK Act, or Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, because that is exactly what it does — keeps consumers in the dark about their food. The Dark Act would prohibit states from mandating accurate labeling of GMO products, and thereby hide relevant food ingredient information from consumers.

Rep. Pompeo suggests on his congressional education page, “No one knows what’s best for your children better than you—as a parent—do.” Shouldn’t a parent know whether it is best for her or his children to eat natural or genetically modified foods? Unfortunately, the DARK Act withholds vital information that allows a parent to make that decision.

Labeling is simply knowledge. The consumer can decide what to do with that knowledge — whether to buy the product, put it back on the shelf or conduct further research into the matter. Without accurate labeling a consumer can never know whether that salmon, that ear of corn, that apple or that orange was spliced with the DNA of a plant, a virus or an animal. The Dark Act would thus render a parent powerless to do what she thinks is best for her own health and that of her children.


The Dark Act passed the U.S. House on July 23rd with a vote of 275 to 150.

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