Monthly Archives: August 2011

Tobacco Money: The Ugly

California’s population makes up 12 percent of the total US population.  California has the second lowest smoking prevalence rate in the nation.  So why did tobacco industry spending on campaign contributions in California account for 71 percent of the total spending on campaign contributions in all 50 states combined?

A 2007 report, Tough Times for Tobacco, by the National Institute on Money in State Politics compares the spending of the tobacco industry in all 50 states during the 2005-2006 election cycle.  The results for California are staggering and not in a good way.  Out of the nearly $96 million total spent in all 50 states on contributions for state ballot measures, state level legislators and state party committees, more than two-thirds of that money ($68.59 million) was spent in California.  Read More »

The Center Releases Poll Results, Now What?

Did you know that The Center just released results from a new survey of California voters on policies in the tobacco retail environment? Check it out at our website here.  Don’t have time this very second to browse through the memos and factsheets?  Keep reading along for some highlights:

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Tobacco Money: The Bad

What do Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Chevron Corporation and AT&T Inc. all have in common?  Lots of money?  Well yes, but more specifically they are the only three corporations that spent more on campaign contributions and lobbying in California over a ten-year period (2000 to 2009) than Philip Morris USA Inc. 

Shocking?  No.  We all know that tobacco companies spend millions every year to influence public policy in California.  Disappointing?  Yes.  It is sad that a company that sells products responsible for the leading cause of preventable death in the United States spent more than almost every other company to influence policy in our state.  This means that even with all that we know about the dangers of smoking and the deceptive practices of the tobacco industry, they are still able to influence legislators and voters in our state.  Read More »