A subcommittee of ICOSI was set up to alter global public opinion in favor of the tobacco industry. By 1984 Robert Tollison set up the organization Committee on Taxation and Economic Growth as tool to create a network allover the USA of industry friendly spokesmen, the so-called Economists' Network.
An internal Tobacco Institute document from 1985 explains (p. 73) Tollison's realationwith the industry:
"Ogilvy & Mather (PR -firm) and Jim Savarese worked with Professor Robert Tollison in organizing an informal committee of economists from 42 states who have collectively and individually participated in activities on behalf of the tobacco industry in the areas of excise taxation and public smoking."and
Positive Actions:Thanks to the Legacy tobacco Documents Library the list of economists involved can be found here, and a few examples of such op-ed's can be found here.
Organized a news service providing information on tax reform to small and mid-size newspapers around the country. The series consists of editorials and Q&As featuring economists from the Committee and members of other concerned organizations.
|Example of op-ed, written by David G. Tuerck (source)|
The op-ed's are pretty short and well, nothing impressive. Nevertheless, in 1990 the economists were paid 3.000 US$ per op-ed. In 1993, there was "Monster" tax op-ed project.
|Tobacco Institute Budget 1990|