Kudos to Lowell Feld at Raising Kaine for exposing Jerry Kilgore’s hypocrisy on immigration:
Jerry Kilgore loves bashing illegal immigrants when it’s politically expedient, but it turns out that at least one of his major donors — North Carolina-based pork processor Smithfield Foods, which has donated $25,000 to Jerry Kilgore [and] $15,000 to the Virginia Republicans’ Dominion Leadership Trust PAC…is an employer, exploiter and horrifying abuser of “sizeable” numbers of illegal immigrants.
It’s true — Smithfield has been convicted of abusive work practices for, among other things, hiring illegal immigrants and then threatening to report them to the INS (or ICE, as it’s now known) in order to keep them requesting pay raises.
Just to get this straight: Smithfield increases their profits by hiring illegal aliens and paying them badly, and uses a chunk of those profits to support Jerry Kilgore’s candidacy, which is largely based on demanding a crackdown on illegal aliens and those businesses who profit from them.
Eye. Mote. Plank.
Update: Chad Dotson points out that Tim Kaine has accepted $10k from Smithfield. Though I mind this less (Kaine’s candidacy isn’t premised on cracking down on businesses that benefit from undocumented workers, while Kilgore has had a field day with the issue), it’s still a crap company that treats their workers badly. I figure both guys should return their money. Kilgore for being a hypocrite and Kaine because, as a Democrat, he should be concerned with the welfare of these individuals.