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There are many reasons why individuals become embroiled in corporate corruption activities - from political zealotry to over-enthusiastic activism; from gullibility to greed.
Please read the OVERVIEW carefully, and make up your own mind.
Another right-wing economist trained at George Mason University, and now working for a conservative think-tank.
Some key documents
1985 Dec: The Annual Report of the Center for the Study of Public Choice at the George Mason University.
The Center for Study of Public Choice is an integral part of George Mason University. While maintaining its separate identity, the Center staff is part of the George Mason Economics Department. As such, the university budget covers the salaries of the permanent Center staff and minimal operating expenditures. Excluding the physical facility which houses the Center, St. George's Hall, general university support in 1984 additionally amounted to some $500,000 on an annual basis.
Center activities extend beyond those supported by the university. Funds for summer and release-time research, guest lecturers, visiting scholars, graduate students, and for supplemental travel and operating expenses have been provided by external supporters. External support in 1985 summed to approximately $300,000. These funds were provided by numerous external supporters, to whom we are very grateful for their sustained support over the years.
[One of those generous supporters was the tobacco industry — and, in return, they were provided with the administrative and organizational services of the Center — both to create cash-for-comments lists of academics, and to act as a front for seminars, conferences, and the production of published material.
The nominal director of the Center was James Buchanan, but Robert Tollison actually ran the operation — certainly that part which became an arm of the tobacco industry.
They all worked with Anna Tollison and James Savarese & Associates in organising and running the economists network for the Tobacco Institute.
- Elizabeth A Masaitis and Carol M Robert were employed as secretaries at the Center
- Dwight Lee and William Shughart were both Research Associates.
Other economists associated with the Center as graduate students or research associates also became recruited into this cash-for-comments network [and most are well-known in other far-right-wing influence organisations].
- Gary Anderson, University of Rhode Island
- Wayne Brough, University of Central Florida
- Samson Kimenyi, (University of Mississippi later)
- Jack Wiseman, University of York, England
1992 Oct: ALEC/s annual knees-up. Speaking on health care reform. He is Director of Research, Citizens for a Sound Economy.
1999 Mar 5: A report of the Citizens for a Sound Economy and the CSE Foundation "Stopping New Tax Increases by Presenting a Positive Alternative to the President's Tobacco Plan." They wanted $1,353,400 for the CSE's advocate efforts, and $620,750 for the Foundation's research and educational efforts.
This illustrates how the CSE and its foundation acted simply as a commercial lobby-shop, despite their 501(c)3/4 tax status. The report then details a plan of action for the tobacco industry:
The president's proposed tobacco lawsuit is a legal shakedown aimed at either a settlement or legislation that provides the excise tax revenue and regulatory concessions the administration failed to achieve last year through legislative channels. To bring the suit, the administration could employ or enter into a contingency-fee agreement with the same trial lawyers who brought the state tobacco lawsuits, providing them with yet another windfall should the administration win or settle the case.
They planned to run focus groups to test their messages "and ensure they they will resonate with taxpayers" They will also mail "call-to-action letters to the activists we recruited last year to fight the McCain bill." Also use telephone banks, FOI filings, Congressional Staff events, lobbying visits to key members of Congress, run Tax Club Forums and Leadership Training Seminars to promote the idea that the budget is in surplus and tax increases aren't needed. etc. etc. [There are 19 pages of details]
To stop the administration's federal tax, spending, and regulatory growth scheme, their litigation bargaining chip must be removed. The best way to do this is to create a grassroots backlash against the administration's entire proposal.
CSE and CSE Foundation will work to stop the lawsuit, while at the same time creating an atmosphere in Congress that makes it difficult for the budget or any possible lawsuit settlement to include a tax increase or increased Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. We will build the grassroots support needed on the ground to ignite a protest on any front that can help to stop the administration's revenue grab. Throughout the effort, CSE and CSE Foundation also will work to ensure that the message resonating from Congress and our coalition allies is "pro-taxpayer" and not just "pro-tobacco".
- C Boyden Gray, CSE Chairman, Republican/White House apparatchik and member of the family which owned controlling interest in RJ Reynolds Tobacco
- James C Miller III, Reagan's Director of the OMB, now with the GMU's Center for Study of Public Choice
- Paul Beckner
- Matt Kibbe: ex Congresional aide; Republican National Committee, US Chamber of Commerce, Managing Editor of George Mason University's "Market Process" journal.
- Michele Mitola
- William Armistead
- Scott A Hodge, Heritage Foundation
- Wayne Brough: Dr Brough serves as Chief Economist at CSE and CSE Foundation. Dr Brough previously served as a policy analyst at OIRA in the Office of Management and Budget and Director of Domestic Policy at the Daiwa Institute of Research. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University with fields in public choice and industrial organization. His bachelor's degree is in economics from the University of Jacksonville (Fla.). [ He is also an associate of Tollison at the GMU's Center for Study of Public Choice.]