HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Study Confirms Tea Party ...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:23 PM

Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Pollutocrat Kochs

A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.

Far from a genuine grassroots uprising, this astroturf effort was curated by wealthy industrialists years in advance. Many of the anti-science operatives who defended cigarettes are currently deploying their tobacco-inspired playbook internationally to evade accountability for the fossil fuel industry’s role in driving climate disruption.

The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, traces the roots of the Tea Party’s anti-tax movement back to the early 1980s when tobacco companies began to invest in third party groups to fight excise taxes on cigarettes, as well as health studies finding a link between cancer and secondhand cigarette smoke.

Published in the peer-reviewed academic journal, Tobacco Control, the study titled, ‘To quarterback behind the scenes, third party efforts’: the tobacco industry and the Tea Party, is not just an historical account of activities in a bygone era. As senior author, Stanton Glantz, a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) professor of medicine, writes:

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/02/11/1573061/study-confirms-tea-party-was-created-by-big-tobacco-and-pollutocrat-kochs/

10 replies, 1977 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 10 replies Author Time Post
Reply Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Pollutocrat Kochs (Original post)
MindMover Feb 2013 OP
bunnies Feb 2013 #1
Kingofalldems Feb 2013 #2
YankeyMCC Feb 2013 #3
freshwest Feb 2013 #4
underpants Feb 2013 #7
WillyT Feb 2013 #5
SCVDem Feb 2013 #6
Ford_Prefect Feb 2013 #8
Initech Feb 2013 #9
Brother Buzz Feb 2013 #10

Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:40 PM

1. No mention of this over at jackass republic.

I wonder why. suckers!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:45 PM

2. Family Guy had an episode this season on

how the teabaggers are pawns of plutocrats.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:46 PM

3. I still wonder,

... the people identifying with the tea party clearly are not hearing what they need to hear. I think the real tragedy of this kind of manipulation is that it stops the conversation. The concerns of people are never actually given opportunity to be discussed.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:48 PM

4. Their spokesman promoted his 'freedom and liberty' to blow smoke in our faces for years (warning):



Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to freshwest (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:01 PM

7. Yep and we know that he was paid cash for his PR work

because Dick Armey thought he was talking to the RW Media Research Center not Media Matters

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/09/dick-armey-media-matters_n_2439469.html

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:04 PM

5. HUGE K & R !!! - Thank You !!!




Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:06 PM

6. In our faces?

I thought it was lower.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:16 PM

8. So where the F*#* is the FBI when you really need them???????????????

...or was it another case of "smoke gets in your eyes"?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:21 PM

9. They really needed a study for this? We've long known the Koch roaches were behind this.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 04:41 PM

10. Anti-tobacco Gray Davis may have been their first target

The ginned-up California energy crisis that ultimately took Davis down may have been just the catalyst, the excuse, that got everything moving.

In September 2002, Governor Davis signed bills to ensure age verification was obtained for cigarettes and other tobacco products sold over the Internet or through the mail, ensured that all state taxes are being fully paid on tobacco purchases and increased the penalty for possessing or purchasing untaxed cigarettes. He also signed legislation to expand smoke-free zones around public buildings.

The 2003 Gray Davis recall was successful, in part, because of the "Recall Gray Davis Committee," organized by Republican political consultant Sal Russo.

Sal Russo, armed with his famous 'mailing list', went on to co-found the Tea Party Express and sits on a huge double super secret background pile of PAC money.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread