The ADTI-Philip Morris file

This is a list of the documents that detail the astroturf campaign conducted by the Alexis de Tocqueville Institute (ADTI) on behalf of Philip Morris (PM) against the Clinton health plan in 1994. They were obtained by a search for “fname: anti-tax” in the Philip Morris documents archive. ADTI’s summary of their activities is here.

Doc id Date Description Extract
2073011705 Feb 4 Note from Derek Crawford to David Nicoli about meetings with anti-tax groups on Feb 7 Mac Carey — Alexis de Tocqueville Foundation 11 a.m. (their place)
2073011706 Feb 9 Cover note from David Nicoli to Buffy for ADTI proposed campaign against Clinton Plan Attached is a proposal from one of the anti-tax groups I met with. Derek will handle the funding, which will be much less than they ask for. I will keep on them to get them targeted in the right CDs.
2073011707/1708 Feb 8 Letter from Merrick Carey, president of ADTI to David Nicoli, Legislative Counsel of PM proposing to undertake a campaign against the Clinton health plan. Attachment to previous document. Our three key executives, Cesar Conda, Bruce Bartlett and myself, will run this campaign and we will devote the full energies of our operation and its consultants to this task. We plan to activate our key Advisory Board Members, including Jack Kemp, Robert Kasten, Dick Armey, Michael Boskin and others to mount a public awareness campaign immediately (see enclosed list of Center on Regulation and Economic Growth participants).
As you can see from our press in recent months, we are in a position to deliver. We would like to request $60,000, or $30,000 a month, to implement this program.
2073011709/1710 Feb 8 Attached list of ADTI advisory board members Robert Caldwell, The San Diego Union-Tribune
2073011703E/1704 Feb 9 Email from Craig Fuller suggesting that PM start a letter writing campaign Having just read the Washington Post with a series of provocative articles about Canada cutting taxes, CBO estimating higher costs AND job loss from the Clinton plan and then our old favourite, former president current home builder, Jimmy Carter explaining why higher taxes will help tobacco farmers, it occurred to me that we ought to turn a few of our better letter writers loose to blitz the targeted states with letters to the editor about Clinton, Carter and Canada…
2073011703C Feb 9 Reply from Derek Crawford David N & I think the Alexis de Tocqueville Institute is perfect for this kind of thing. We are working with them on a proposal.
2073011703A Feb 9 Reply from Kathleen Linehan to David Nicoli who else will be worth funding from your discussions?
2073011703 Feb 9 Email from David Nicoli listing some more possible groups that could be paid to write letters advancing Philip Morris’ agenda. (Marginal note) DPN – What’s bottom line on 3rd party groups?? + $$
2073011671/1673 Feb 22 Letter from Carey to Nicoli listing places where attached memorandum from Bruce Bartlett has been sent. In addition, Kevin Stach at Empower America is arranging for it to go to 600+ radio talk show hosts across the country.
2073011674/1675 Feb 22 Attached memorandum from Bartlett … the effect of the plan would be to increase federal taxes by over 27 percent. … A tax increase of this magnitude during peacetime is unprecedented in American history.
2073011680 Feb 24 Fax cover sheet from Carey to Nicoli for following Empower America tip sheet. This goes to 650 radio stations around the country tonight.
2073011681 Feb 24 Empower America tip sheet based on Bartlett’s memo A peacetime tax increase of this magnitude is unprecedented in American history.
2073011677 Feb 24 Letter from Carey to Nicoli Rep Wayne Allard (R-Co) will be circulating BB health care taxes via “Dear Colleague”. Also, he will be organizing a “special order” — one minute speeches by a gang of 5-10 Congressman to talk about the tax issue.
2073011676 Feb 23 News story in Washington Times attacking Clinton plan an analysis prepared for the Alexis do Tocqueville Institution, a bipartisan economic think tank, said the plan would “increase federal taxes by over 27 percent” by 2004.
2073011682 Feb 28 Letter from Carey to Nicoli detailing ADTI’s latest efforts Empower America is mailing the Bruce Bartlett health tax increase essay to all its members in swing Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means districts, including all those on your list.
2073011683 Feb 28 Attached RNC newsletter According to the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, an economic think-tank in Northern Virginia, the Clinton health care plan would increase federal taxes by — are you sitting down? — 27 percent over the next ten years! Gadzooks!
2073011684 Mar 2 Progress report from Carey to Nicoli We are drafting an op-ed for Jack Kemp on this issue to attempt to place in one of the big three papers.
2073011685 Mar 8 Cover letter from Nicoli to Buffy for following four documents Attached is update on de Tocqueville anti-tax activities against Clinton plan. They are making some noise – the Washington Times piece is good.
2073011686 Mar 7 Report from Carey to Nicoli All key media outlets in the Dallas area will be hit today with the Bartlett health care tax increase “Issue Briefs”.
2073011687/1689 Mar 3 Issue Memorandum by Bruce Bartlett there are also many additional tax increases in the [Clinton] plan.
2073011690 Mar 7 Washington Times op-ed by Bruce Bartlett Title: “How to quadruple federal revenue”
Body: “Federal revenues, however, would not quadruple…”
2073011691 Mar 3 Letter from Carey to Robert Caldwell, Editorial Page Editor, The San Diego Union Tribune Congresswoman Lynn Schenk is one of 5 key swing Democratic health care votes in the Energy and Commerce Committee. There is reason to believe she is looking for reasons to vote against Clinton, and there is reason to believe that she can be spooked on the tax issue, especially after her 1993 Budget vote.
An editorial from the most important paper in her district urging her to do the right thing for the right reason would obviously have a huge impact, and could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
2073011692 Mar 8 Fax cover from Cesar Conda to Nicoli for following document “Dear Colleague” as arranged — full distribution to House and Senate
2073011693 Mar 8 “Dear Colleague” letter from Wayne Allard The Clinton health reform plan would be by far the largest tax increase in history. By the year 2004, when the proposal is fully implemented, federal tax revenues will have increased by more than 27 percent above currently forecast levels.
2073011697 Mar 15 Bureau of National Affairs report on Allard’s letter House Budget Committee member Wayne Allard (R-Colo) warned colleagues in a March 8 letter against the “massive level of new taxes” he said is contained in the Clinton health plan.
2073011698 Mar 16 Letter from Carey to Nicoli We wrote an article for Jack Kemp that will appear in the LA Times in the next few days. Among other things, it will blast the health care tax increases.
2022887066/7072 Mar Tobacco Strategy We are currently working with ADTI in media placement in key legislative districts, i.e. those of House Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committee members.
2022887003/7033 Mar 22 Tobacco Strategy Review Multiple grass roots efforts are underway to bring maximum pressure on targeted members of congress who are engaged in the process of shaping the health care legislation and the financing package.
2072007359/7360 Jun 13 Study by Bartlett attacking proposed tobacco tax The prime beneficiaries of a major tax hike on tobacco will be organized crime and a smoldering underground economy
2047992372/2374 Feb 10 1995 Plan to attack the FDA Objectives: B. Short-term – To quarterback behind the scenes, third party efforts to launch, publicize and execute a broad non-tobacco-based attack on the many failings of the FDA
3. Op-eds – Need as broad a coverage as possible. Work with Borelli, de Tocqueville, other groups to encourage wave of this activity.
2074063304/3332 Jun 1996 Ten worst regulations of the Federal Government Ideology is driving science to compromise and make inaccurate conclusions favoring specific policy objectives concerning environmental tobacco smoke.


  1. #1 lion kuntz
    June 13, 2004

    Famous Tobacco-salesman, the scientifically-corrupted Frederick Seitz, is being dishonored by being cited by the ethically-crippled George C. Marshall Institute.

    Misuse of Science Date: 09 Mar 1994
    Length: 2 pages

    The corrupt George C. Marshall Institute, used the corrupt Sallie Baliunas, and the corrupt Willie Soon, conspired to orchestrate a fraudulent Anti-Kyoto petition from the obscene OISM microbrain-trust at Oregon State University, using a counterfeit “scientific paper” which was never peer-reviewed or published in any respected journal, and a baloney letter from the fallen Seitz riding on his long-lost NAS credentials.

    The deceptive team of fraudulent Frederick Seitz, the corrupt Sallie Baliunas and the incompetent and inconsequential nobody Willie Soon, are all outcasts from the modern scientific community. In fact, when money corruption got placement of a paper by the science whores Balliunas and Soon, SIX editors quit the magazine rather than be tainted by a now-unimportant and untrustworthy journal.


    Fredrerick Seitz was thorougly corrupt long before the Marshall Institute gave him a home — the evidence just was not visible in public.

    As early as 1980, Seitz was a paid consultant for Rj Reynolds tobacco company:
    “While the report is primarily focused on the topic of global warming and ozone layer depletion, it briefly reviews ten other issues on which the public has been misled. ETS is mentioned as one of the the report (p:7).

    What makes this report particularly significant is that it is authored by Dr. Frederick Seitz.”

    So in early 1994, the corrupt Frederick Seitz has his coming out at the shill Debutant’s Ball. And considering the ever-after relationship with the corrupt S. Fred Singer, both officers of the SEPPtic tank “Science and Environmental Policy Project”, it is worth noting that the corrupt S. Fred Singer is taking boodles of cash to the bank authoring similar smokescreens on behalf of the tobacco industry “Whitecoats Project”.

    In order to be effective, both these SEPPtic tank floaters have to create the appearance that they are not taking money from the tobacco companies while the tobacco companies are pretending they are not putting words in their sock-puppets mouths.


    The completely-untrustworthy Frederick Seitz has aided and abetted corporate serial murderers to escape restraints and regulations, contributing to literally millions of anguishing and painful deaths around the world. The contemptable Frederick Seitz, and his criminal accomplices in the lung pollution industry is not limited to cancer-sticks. The worst killer super-cyclone in 800 years of recorded India history killed at least 10,000 people in Orissa, India, in one of the hottest years the human race has ever recorded, 1999.

    86% of the coral nurseries of oceanic fish, the coral reefs came with days of heat death in 1998. The irreparible harm that sociopaths like Frederic Seitz are causing by muddying science for their paltry dollars in deception payoff money is grounds for execution for crimes against humanity, crimes against future generations, crimes against nature. Frankly, Earth has no place for the corrupt Frederic Seitz, nor is there any room for the corrupt George C. Marshall Institute

    Additional corruption documentation that puts the current activities of Seitz, and all, in prospective are duplicated in assorted locations:

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