- Ken Silverstein
co-editor, along with Alexander Cockburn, of COUNTERPUNCH, an investigative newsletter. Silverstein broke the story on the Phillip Morris strategy.
- Greg Boller
political marketing professor at the University of Memphis, who has been tracking the relationship between campaign contributions and Congressional voting patterns.
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 that orchestrated the release of data about campaign donations by trial lawyers.