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Democrats’ First Week: Hooked on Corruption

Eagle Bridge, NY — January 16, 2007 — On January 4 the Democratic Party took control of the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In the first 100 legislative hours the Democrats netted their first victory by passing a bill to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour for all Americans, except those living in American Samoa where the minimum wage will remain $3.26 an hour. The largest employer in American Samoa is StarKist, a tuna cannery owned by Del Monte Foods that pays its workers an average of $3.60 an hour. Del Monte’s headquarters are located in Speaker Pelosi’s congressional district, and it has been widely reported that Pelosiís husband may own up to $17 million in Del Monte stock.

Responding to criticism over the weekend, Speaker Pelosi promised to amend the bill to include American Samoa. Bill Zachary, Chairman of W Ketchup, reacted: “Speaker Pelosi, who is reportedly worth between $30 and $100 million, promised to ‘drain the swamp that is in Washington.’ Apparently at the bottom of the swamp is the rotting stench of Democratic corruption.”

Del Monte Foods is the third largest producer of ketchup in the United States after Heinz and Hunts. In 2002, the H.J. Heinz Company acquired 75% of Del Monte Foods. Teresa Heinz, wife of failed Presidential Candidate John Kerry, reportedly controls up to $750 million of Heinz stock.

W Ketchup CEO Dan Oliver commented: “It’s not easy untangling the tentacles of influence that control the Democratic Party, but last week’s vote revealed that Pelosi’s efforts to reform Congress have already floundered. ‘Big Tuna’ Pelosi may have flip-flopped after being snagged by the press, but it shows she’s already hooked on corruption. Unlike other leading brands, which fish for favors in Washington, we at W Ketchup focus on making delicious ketchup that all Americans can enjoy, and W Ketchup is also the only ketchup that supports the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund.”

Founded in 2004, W Ketchup™ is a private company that makes ketchup in America solely from ingredients grown in the USA and does not support any liberal agendas. Unlike other leading brands, W Ketchup does not own any subsidiaries that harm dolphins. For more information contact 1-866-WKETCHUP, or write to 954 Lexington Ave, #236, New York, NY 10021-5013

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