This site deals only with the corporate corruption of science, and makes no inference about the motives or activities of individuals involved.
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.
— Tobacco industry lawyer/lobbyist who worked for the National Black Police Officers Association. —
Some key documents
1986 July 13: File note by Katherine L Becker of the Tobacco Institute following an interview with Bill Trisler (BT - a Regional VP) re the value of "economic impact studies":
In BT's view, if Tobacco Institute sponsorship is identified, "red flags go up." Reaction is good if Institute sponsorship is not identified or if our representative has a "good relationship" with a legislator.
BT believes the strong point of the study to be its data: Legislators are looking to the lobbyists for information. He recommends leaving out the weak section on the bill's effects on individuals. Bill would like to see a media support program which would extract and publicize key parts of these studies.
BT has used J. Hargrove, Executive Director, National Black Police Officers Association, to testify and give one-on-one briefings in opposition to smoking restriction bills, finding him to be an intelligent, very effective witness. (Hargrove will be leaving the NBPOA to enter private law practice.) Bill would like to see greater use of such witnesses.
1986 Aug: The Regional Vice Presidents (RVPs) and Regional Directors (RDs) of the Tobacco Institute in charge of various areas have supplied comments on their Economic Witnesses and other resources.
Vern Dempsey, on the sampling issue, was given high marks. He was judged to be quite effective and a "really good" witness. One RVP, however, voiced concern that Mr. Dempsey may be overused, citing the need for similar witnesses.
Other witnesses receiving very positive comments were: Covington & Burling's Ed Beder and John Rupp; James Hargrove (National Black Police Officers Association); and Walker Merryman [later PR for the Tobacco Institute]