Friday, March 25, 2011

American Cancer Society contributed $25K to Cape smoking ban ordinance

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - The Missouri Ethics Committee reports that Citizens for a Smoke-Free Cape received $24,750 in contributions this week from the American Cancer Society.

The payment was made from the American Cancer Society’s High Plains division. The check was cut from their office in Oklahoma City. A spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society said that all checks written by the High Plains division originate from that city.

The American Cancer Society’s Regional Vice President Bridgett Myers said in an email that advocacy is one of the four goals of her organization, and that the Society’s “support of the smoke-free ballot measure is a direct investment in the Cape Girardeau community to improve everyone's health and reduce incidence of cancer.”

A representative from Smoke-Free Cape issued a statement saying that they want to make sure that they communicate effectively with voters to counter “misinformation” about the ordinance.

More details about Smoke-Free Cape’s expenditures will be available on Monday.

A representative from Stand Up Cape, What's Next? was not immediately available. The group is a citizen's organization that is rallying support the ordinance.

Jacob McCleland, KRCU


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