Capitol briefs for March 6

Published: March 6, 2013
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Pittman to return tobacco money

Rep. Anastasia Pittman said she is returning campaign money received from a major tobacco company and is “respectfully” encouraging other lawmakers to do the same. The Altria Group Inc.'s political action committee made an unsolicited $250 contribution to Pittman's 2012 election campaign, she said. The Altria Group, previously known as Philip Morris, is the largest tobacco company in the U.S. “With all due respect to my esteemed colleagues, we need to recognize tobacco company money given to our campaigns for what it really is — blood money,” said Pittman, D-Oklahoma City. “Tobacco companies survive by addicting young people to deadly products.”

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU