Cato Institute (Doc Index)

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The tobacco industry funded the Cato Institute to a remarkable degree. It is not always apparent what they were getting for their money, but in most years Cato received almost twice the grants/donations/bribes (whatever you call them) of the American Enterprise Institute, which was generally considered to be the most influential with Republican presidents, from the time of Ronald Reagan to that of George W Bush.

Cato presents an unsolved problem to the tobacco document researcher: the payments made to it by the various tobacco companies (of which Philip Morris was only one) seems to be quite out of proportion to the lobbying work it was asked to do.  


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1997 Joshua S Slavitt at Philip Morris was Senior Manager, Issues Planning and handled the generous company donations to both real and phantom think-tanks and institutes which supported the company and tobacco industry. (His associates in this brown paper-bag operation were Roy Marden, John R Dunham and Tracy Mihaus)

Slavitt reports many millions of dollars given to various think-tanks over the 1997 year with $100,000 for the American Enterprise Institute. $125,000 for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and a massive $175,000 for the Cato Institute [2]