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3. the Center for Responsive Politics "The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and the effect of money on elections and public policy. , a watchdog group. "Sugar is a small industry with a disproportionate amount of influence in Washington. Sugar's influence has been gained in large part through campaign contributions and lobbying," said Steven Weiss, a center spokesman. Senators who voted against the bill raised an average of $16,800 in individual and political action committee contributions from sugar cane and sugar beet sugar beet, variety of beet used commercially as a source of sugar.
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The food industry's strategy may be working as the pro-CAFTA legislators are making loud threats to the sugar sector. "Sugar's insistence upon receiving special treatment makes it very likely that the rest of agriculture, which overwhelmingly supports CAFTA, may opt not to participate in sugar's defense the next time that program faces a [World Trade Organization] challenge, budget reconciliation measure and the endless amendments to end sugar's support program during the next farm bill. Let that warning be heard," Roberts said.
The Senate voted 54-45 to approve CAFTA on June 30. The House is begging debate and opposition from not only sugar, but also labor and some manufacturing sectors make the vote too close to call.