Bob Adams

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Bob Adams is the Executive Director of the League of American Voters, a group that runs anti-health care reform ads produced by Dick Morris. Adams resides in West Virginia. He twice ran for public office in that state, including for the office of state treasurer in 2004. At that time, the Associated Press reported that Adams was late filing campaign finance reports, which constituted a violation of state law. Adams has also worked as an aide to former Republican Congressman J.C. Watts Jr. of Oklahoma, and as the director of media relations of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative group that drafts model legislation for state legislators.[1] At one point Adams reportedly campaigned to build support among Latinos for bans on same-sex marriage. The Web site of the League of American Voters is registered to "Latinos USA," a nonprofit venture that Adams says never got off the ground. [2]

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Work Against Climate Change Legislation

In 2003, while working as the Director of Media Relations for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Adams wrote an article warning that after the U.S. failed to sign on to the Kyoto Protocol at the federal level,"several states are advancing so-called “son-of-Kyoto” legislation at the state level to eliminate affordable hydrocarbon-based fuels--such as coal, petroleum, and natural gas--from the nation’s energy mix, according to a guidebook for state legislators prepared by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)."[3]

The article quoted Sandy Liddy Bourne, director of ALEC’s Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Task Force as saying:[4]

"Carbon dioxide is beneficial to plant and human life alike. The effort to regulate it as a greenhouse gas is a Trojan Horse attempt to level the playing field in the energy sector of the free market. Losing fuel diversity can only be harmful to our economy and ultimately the environment itself... The Kyoto Protocol is just another highly regressive energy tax on America’s working families, with no measurable benefit to environmental or human health."

Adams concluded by encouraging state legislators to use an ALEC guidebook that offered "policy tools and model bills" to combat efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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