Politics & Government

March 22, 2009 6:31 AM

Tobacco's influence: Will Congress approve regulating it?

When Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., proposed last week setting up a new federal agency to regulate tobacco, rather than give the job to the Food and Drug Administration, he was trying to give his home-state tobacco industry a softer landing if it becomes regulated. And he was returning a favor. Since 1995, he's received $355,000 in campaign contributions from tobacco groups.

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