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