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Campaign donations and the tobacco industry

October 02, 1996

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.