From David Sirota:
SECRET TRADE DEAL - DAY 60:
Dems Reassure Bush As K Street Begins PR Push
Following last week's big announcement that the Secret Trade Deal of 2007 has been officially stalled thanks to massive public outcry, some senior Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are none the less publicly reassuring both K Street lobbyists and the White House that they will be moving forward with the deal in the Fall.
In advance of this push, the White House is working to water down the much-touted environmental provisions in the South Korea trade pact, while the Colombian government has resorted to attacking congressional lawmakers who are asking questions about its horrific labor and human rights record.
Meanwhile, a CEO front-group is quietly dispatching a top political pollster to counsel presidential candidates and senior congressional lawmakers on how to use deceptive rhetoric to make the public believe they are for fairer trade policies while really pushing the same lobbyist-written trade pacts that have decimated American wages.
This PR push comes as the Republican Party faces a growing fissure among its rank-and-file on Capitol Hill over trade.
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