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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.
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David G ('Dave') Turek
— Economist from the Wharton Applied Research Center, University of Pensylvania. He helped prepare a reasonably legitimate report on the economic impact of the tobacco industry on the USA. —
There is nothing in the tobacco industry archives to suggest that David Turek was anything other than a Project Manager working for the Wharton Applied Research Center, University Pennsylvania.
He may have made a serious mistake in his choice of universities, but there is nothing to suggest that he was personally involved in corporate corruption.
Their study concluded tath the US tobacco industry's GDP contribution in 1977 was about $50 billion ... give or take a few hundred thousand lives.
Don't confuse with David G Tuerck who was a professor and chairman of the Suffolk University Department of Economics and who worked as a cash-for-comments academic. That Tuerck (sic) was at Suffolk University, Coopers & Lybrand, and American Enterprise Institute and worked with Tollison's Center for the Study of Public Choice.
Both worked for the Tobacco Institute. Tuerck, from 1975 to late 1990s, and Turek for a more limited time in the 1980s. The TI staff got spelling of the names mixed up a few times.
Some key documents
1978 Mar 13: David Turek reports on a tour of Philip Morris and B&W manufacturing facilities in Richmond. This was written for the Wharton Center of Applied Research (WCAR) [Note the reversal of names]
He is clearly reporting to the Tobacco Institute, on the general economic contribution of the cigarette industry to the nation.
1978 Oct 19: Arthur Stevens writes to Mr. David Turek, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Applied Research Center 3508 Market Street Philadeiphia, Pa. 19104
Dear Dave: I refer further to my letter of August 15, 1978 regarding the future publication of an FTC econometric study of the impact of the health warning on cigarette smoking behavior.
1979 March: Economic Contribution to the Nation Report done for Covington & Burling. Dave Turek is listed at Wharton Applied Research Center. Also assisting was Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates.
1981Aug: 31 He is on the TI's Newsletter Mailing list at Wharton. They are screening their distribution list "with great care" to make sure some aren't going to the wrong places. So he must be a trusted recipient. He is almost unique in being an academic in a long list of tobacco executives and support staff.
This is Dave Turek of Wharton.
1982 Apr 22: The Tobacco Institute list of those on their Legislative Mail List includes many tobacco company executives, lawyers and an odd-man-out:
Dave Turek, Wharton Applied Research Center, Philadelphia who helped the Tobacco Institute with its economic impact study (not the David Tuerck who was part of the cash-for-comments network)