Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Small Toy-Makers Get Screwed Continued

Timothy Carney of dcexaminer.com has written the latest article on the "unintended consequences" of government regulation over the toy industry. You can read the article here.

The Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act was written in an effort to counter the problems Hasbro and Mattel had with lead contaminated paint being used to manufacture their toys. However, given the following information from Carney, just as the big bankers wrote the Federal Reserve Act to implement a cartel over the banking industry, these big toy makers, who provided the need for this act, have written it to create a cartel over the toy industry:
Mattel—whose leaded toys kicked off this whole scare—beefed up its lobbying effort when the legislation appeared. The company’s lobbying budget, which had been steady at $120,000 per year from 2002 through 2006 ballooned to $540,000 in 2007 and $650,000 in 2008—a 442% increase from two years earlier.

In late August 2007, Mattel, the largest toymaker in the world, hired a new lobbying firm, Johnson, Madigan, Peck, Boland & Stewart, to lobby on the bill. One of their lobbyists on this issue was Sheila Murphy, recently the legislative director for Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic member of the Commerce Committee’s Consumer Affairs subcommittee. Klobuchar became a cosponsor of the bill in late September 2007.

Hasbro, the world’s No. 2 toymaker, had never had a Washington lobbyist, according to federal lobbying filings, before October 2007, when the company hired the Duberstein Group, headed by Ken Dubertstein, the former White House Chief of Staff under Ronald Reagan. Since then, Hasbro has spent $500,000 on lobbying.

But these industry giants weren’t resisting regulation—they were embracing it.

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