The tobacco industry has employed a new tactic to defeat who they consider to be their most powerful enemies: trial lawyers. Philip Morris created a group called Contributions Watch that posed as a non-partisan non-profit research group o orchestrate the release of data about campaign donations by trial lawyers.
KEN SILVERSTEIN, Co-Editor with Alexander Cockburn of COUNTERPUNCH, an investigative newsletter. Silverstein broke the story on the Phillip Morris strategy.
GREG BOLLER, a Political Marketing Professor at the University of Memphis, who has been tracking the relationship between campaign contributions and Congressional voting patterns.