Indoor Tanning Industry Backs Boehner


Written by Josh Israel

The Indoor Tanning Industry’s political action committee has contributed $5,000 House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) campaign account and another $5,000 to the National Republican Congressional Campaign’s Boehner for Speaker Committee.

The trade association “actively lobbies against legislation that would place unfair restrictions on salon businesses.” Boehner no doubt earned the group’s gratitude with his staunch opposition to inclusion of tanning salon taxes in the Affordable Care Act.

Ironically, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who famously tweeted to Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi that he would not tax her tanning bed received no contributions from the PAC this cycle or last. (HT: @lukerosiak)

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Chad A.
Chad Anderson5 years ago

This has to be some sort of prank, doesn't it?

Shelley B.
Shelley Birnbaum5 years ago

Hahahaahahahahahahaha. Best laugh I had all day

John Mansky
John Mansky5 years ago

hank you for the glowing article...

Danielle K.
Danielle K5 years ago

Lyn,you're right about the pale being in when only the wealthy could avoid the sun/tan being in when most people work inside. It's like fat women were beautiful when food was rare but now that food is plentiful, thin women are considered beautiful.

That said, I do use a moisturizer with SPF but tend not to put sunblock on the rest of me because my minimal sun exposure (which involves time outside walking to and from bus stops and waiting for a bus) helps me get vitamin D.

As for tanning beds, there's no doubt they're not safer than "natural" tanning, but unlike smoking, an indoor tanner is only hurting herself (or himself), whereas secondhand smoke does harm others.

Lilithe Magdalene

I had a good gfaw when I read this headline! I'm glad Boehner is being supported by them - maybe he'll stop using the orange spray tan!

Arild Warud

So that's why he looks so healthy and well tanned.

Lyn B.
Lyn B5 years ago

I wanted to offer to anyone that wants/needs any info I am happy to email it.
I keep all the research and stats handy because I feel it's important to back up what I "preach" and because of how important it is to educate so maybe we can slow down the insane rates of skin cancer.

Also if anyone has questions regarding appropriate products, I do NOT represent anyone.
I base all my suggestions and advice on research, product knowledge and use.
I make suggestions I DO NOT SELL. My saying email me if you need a list of "sun aftercare" is so if you've never heard of it, never seen it, can't find it, I can give the names of places and products to start with. Also sunscreens/blocks have changed dramatically and can be misunderstood. Again, not selling any line, just sharing info.

So please, if anyone has questions, needs info or advice, feel free to holler at me. I've been doing this for twenty plus years :)

Lyn B.
Lyn B5 years ago

To Sharon - as friends I hope we can agree to disagree to some extent.
Because I have seen first hand the damage being done I'm very passionate about this issue. As a friend I will beg of you; PLEASE if you (a quick note that EVERYONE should follow this advice if using tanning beds for ANY purpose) continue to use tanning beds; apply sunscreen that blocks both uva and uvb- go as high as you're willing so that you still tan, always follow with a product truly designed for "sun aftercare". Also strongly limit how much time you are in a bed and how often.
The skin damage is guaranteed no matter what you do. Afterall, that's what a tan IS, damage.
The chances of skin cancer are massively multiplied.

You ARE right, Sharon, it's a personal freedom choice. Just like smoking cigs or weed, or driving motorcycles, or extreme rock climbing or ... Well the list could go on forever.
As someone from my background, I'm just very pro knowledge, warnings and sometimes bans if need be. I hope we can still be friends.

To Shannon - I completely understand. I would only add that what I said above holds true for you as well.

Sylvia M.
Sylvia M5 years ago

"Boehner no doubt earned the group’s gratitude with his staunch opposition to inclusion of tanning salon taxes in the Affordable Care Act."

I thought it was his lifetime membership to Tans-R-Us and his strange shade of orange, whatever the season.

jo Howard
jo Howard5 years ago

Indoor Tanning Industry out lobbying - A loosing cancer causing product producer backing another looser. History in the making on capital hill.