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11/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Another Forged Letter By Clean Coal Lobbyists

Another forged letter criticizing the House's climate change bill can be traced to the lobbying firm working for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

A 14th faked letter, sent to the office of Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.), was discovered by Congressional investigators Thursday. The letter appears to come from an American Legion post in Rocky Mount, Va., reports the Washington Post's Capitol Briefing.

"We have confirmed [that the letter is fake] directly with the person whose name was forged," said Eben Burnham-Snyder, a spokesman for the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, which is investigating the forgeries. The committee is chaired by Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who along with Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), sponsored the bill. It passed the House in June, with Perriello voting yes.

The lobbying firm Bonner and Associates has reportedly fired the employee who sent the letters, according to Capitol Briefing.

-- Jenna Staul