Ray Meier's FEC report hands me another reason to vote for Michael Arcuri on Election Day this year. Reason #13: Ray Meier's campaign is built on smoke.
I'm noting the contribution that Ray Meier took from the Altria Group Inc. Political Action Committee. Don't know what Altria does for a living? Well, that's because the company changed its name a few years back in order to try to escape its bad reputation. Altria was once known as Philip Morris. Altria is a tobacco company, selling cigarettes (with free lung cancer and heart attacks!) to people all around the world.
What the heck is Ray Meier doing taking money from Altria? New York's congressional district is not rich in tobacco fields, or cigarette factories. Helping Altria won't help our district's economy. On the contrary, the huge health care costs related to smoking are crippling us all, whether we smoke or not.
Altria's money is dirty money, but will Ray Meier send that check back? Don't bet on it. When it comes to corporations seeking to buy influence over him, Ray Meier inhales, but he never exhales.