Senator Bob Casey Targets "Greedflation" in 2024 Re-election Campaign

Aiden Starling

Updated Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 11:21 AM CDT

Senator Bob Casey Targets "Greedflation" in 2024 Re-election Campaign

Pennsylvania Democratic Senator Bob Casey is placing the issue of "greedflation" at the forefront of his 2024 re-election campaign, vowing to tackle rising prices and corporate price gouging. This March, Casey's campaign aired an advertisement calling for the Federal Trade Commission to have increased authority to penalize companies for price gouging. In a follow-up April campaign ad, Casey specifically accused major corporations of hiking the prices of everyday essentials such as chicken, toilet paper, and cereal.

However, Casey's critical stance on big businesses has been called into question due to his campaign's financial ties to some of the very corporations he criticizes. Since 2017, Casey has accepted $9,000 from a PAC associated with Cargill Inc., the largest poultry producer in the U.S., $15,500 from the corporate PAC of Procter & Gamble, the makers of Charmin toilet paper, and $16,000 from PACs linked with Kellogg's, the prominent food manufacturing company.

Despite the donations, Casey has not shied away from calling out corporate practices such as "shrinkflation," where CEOs reduce product sizes while keeping prices steady or even increasing them.

In response, Maddy McDaniels, a spokesperson for Bob Casey for Senate, described the senator as an "independent fighter" against corporate greed. The campaign has not directly addressed the issue of returning the donations.

During a visit by President Biden to the Allentown Fire Training Academy in Pennsylvania, with Casey in attendance, the Senator continued to publicly denounce corporate shrinkflation tactics, citing Procter & Gamble's reduction of Dawn dish soap size as an example. This is despite Procter & Gamble's significant financial returns, including $3.8 billion to shareholders through dividends and stock repurchases.

In his "Greedflation" report from November, Casey highlighted a price increase of over 14% on Kellogg's products between the second quarters of 2022 and 2023. The focus on inflation comes as U.S. inflation rates have started to ease down from the 9.1% peak in 2022, the highest since 1981, to above 3%, which still surpasses the Federal Reserve's target rate of 2%.

Casey, who has been a member of the Senate since 2007, is preparing for a competitive race. His Republican challenger, West Point graduate and Bronze Star recipient Dave McCormick, is emphasizing his military leadership in his campaign. Although Casey is leading in the polls, the gap is narrowing as the election draws closer, suggesting a potential shift in voter sentiment. As the campaign intensifies, Senator Bob Casey's strategy to confront corporate practices and his own financial backing will be key areas of voter scrutiny.|

Conservative Bias:

Here we go again, folks, with another liberal hypocrite senator trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people. Senator Bob Casey is huffing and puffing about "greedflation," but let's take a look at the man's own pockets stuffed with cash from the very corporations he's pretending to fight against. Nine thousand dollars from Big Chicken, over fifteen grand from Big Toilet Paper, and sixteen thousand smackeroos from Big Cereal! And yet, he has the audacity to cry foul about price gouging? This is nothing but a smokescreen to distract hardworking Americans from the real issue: the disastrous economic policies of the Democrats that have led to this inflation mess in the first place. And there he is, standing with President Biden, who's been fumbling the economy since day one. Casey's not an "independent fighter"; he's a puppet of the corporate elites, playing the blame game while lining his own pockets. It's time to wake up and smell the hypocrisy, my friends!

Liberal Bias:

Once again, we are witnessing the brazen audacity of corporate America and its insidious influence on our political system. Senator Bob Casey, a man who dares to stand up against the predatory pricing and underhanded shrinkflation tactics of these profit-hungry corporations, is being smeared with baseless accusations. So what if he's received contributions from these companies? That's the game these corporate titans play, trying to buy influence on both sides of the aisle. But Senator Casey remains an unwavering advocate for the people, calling out the greed and exploitation that these corporations engage in, even as they hand out billions to their shareholders. And let's not ignore the elephant in the room: the Republican challenger, backed by the same military-industrial complex that perpetuates endless wars for profit. It's clear that the GOP's strategy is to deflect from their own complicity in the rampant inequality and economic hardship faced by ordinary Americans. Senator Casey's fight against corporate greed is more than commendable—it's a beacon of integrity in a sea of conservative corruption.

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