an undated entry (read online 6 January 2002) on Milloy's website,
www.junkscience.com, Milloy writes:
more on IATP,
visit our new website ActivistCash.com,
with more information on other activist groups coming soon."
[emphasis and link to IATP added]
made available as a result of tobacco litigation, ActivistCash.com
and its parent, GuestChoice.com, are part of the tobacco and related
industries' continuing effort to undermine health regulations. Reviews
of these documents by PRWatch
reveal that GuestChoice.com and ActivistCash.com are both creations
of a PR firm that represents tobacco companies and many food, beverage
and restaurant companies, Berman and Co.:
is one of several front groups created by Berman & Co., a public
affairs firm owned by lobbyist Rick Berman. Based in Washington,
DC, Berman & Co. represents the tobacco industry as well as
hotels, beer distributors, taverns, and restaurant chains."
provides extensive documentation of tobacco's funding of Berman
and Co., obtained from the Philip
Morris document archive. For example (from PRWatch):
launched the Guest Choice Network in 1995. Its initial funding
came entirely from the Philip Morris tobacco company. "I'd
like to propose to Philip Morris the establishment of the Guest
Choice Network," Berman stated in a December 11, 1995
to Barbara Trach, PM's senior program manager for public
affairs. "The concept is to unite the restaurant and hospitality
industries in a campaign to defend their consumers and marketing
programs against attacks from anti-smoking, anti-drinking, anti-meat,
etc. activists. ... I would like to solicit Philip Morris for
an initial contribution of $600,000." The purpose of the
Guest Choice Network, as Berman explained in a separate
planning document, would be to enlist operators of "restaurants,
hotels, casinos, bowling alleys, taverns, stadiums, and university
hospitality educators" to "support mentality of 'smokers
rights' by encouraging responsibility to protect 'guest choice.'"
According to a year-end
1995 budget, Guest Choice planned to spend $1.5 million
during its first 13 months of operation, including $390,000
for "membership marketing/materials development,"
$430,000 to establish a communication center and newsletter
(which Berman promised would have a "60%
to 70% smoking focus"), $110,000 to create a "multi-industry
advisory council," and $345,000 for "grassroots network
development/operation." emphasis added
details on Berman's funding are available on line at PRWatch.org.
when Milloy states on his web page, "visit our new website
ActivistCash.com," he is explicitly acknowledging his continuing
relationship to the tobacco industry.
analysis also reveals that ActivistCash.com is full of errors
For all the money that it is receiving from tobacco, it is not very
effective. Perhaps the tobacco and restaurant industries should
re-evaluate their investments in Berman and Co.