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Alan Kassman was a scientific lobbyist who worked for the tobacco industry through a number of different pseudo-organisations, and via his own one-man company Kassman Associates. He was the fifth member of the Tobacco Institute's Scientific Witness Team (SWT) which flew around the country to provide 'independent expert opinions' that the problems being associated with direct smoking (mainly lung cancer and heart attacks) were greatly exaggerated, and that the problems of smoke pollution in offices and indoor venues (ETS) was a ridiculous complaint of non-smoking zealots, This organisation only existed on the pay-books of the Tobacco Institute.
He was also a member of Indoor Air Pollution Advisory Group (IAPAG) a pseudo-scientific association of air quality experts. Both were nominally housed at the Center for Environmental Health and Human Toxicology (CEHHT) at Georgetown University.
He was 'run' as a paid witness by the Tobacco Institute, which would have channelled the money through John Rupp a tobacco lawyer with Covington & Burling, who took their fee and then passed it on to the CEHHT, who (probably took a cut) then paid it to Kassman Associates.
Documents and Timelines
- recruiting indoor air quality (ETS/ventilation) scientists.
- They have identified six additional ETS scientist who are now reviewing the scientific literature.
- testing the effectiveness of ACVA/HBI's advertising campaign and direct mail program. They are investigating the feasibility of broadcast ads.
- Litigation Program
- Lawyer John Fox is conducting legal seminars on workplace smoking - supposedly co-sponsored by Pillsbury Madison & Sutro with the Institute of Applied Management and Law
- Fox's associate Dennis Duffy will also conduct legal seminars
- Mario Obledo the ex-Executive Director of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will also conduct seminars
- Baltazar Bacca executive director of the Hispanic National Bar Association will also conduct seminars.
- Bestype Office Environments are promoting a workplace smoking program among architects
- Washington Legal Foundation will release their smoking policy research to the media to counter the BNA (?) claims.
1988 to 1993 Diana L Avedon at the Tobacco Institute ran a major media-tour operation called the Scientific Witness Teams. This operation circulated variable teams of TI staff spokespersons, contracted sham air-testing company staff, one or more Covington & Burling lawyers, and other more specialied tobacco lobbyists. They were used in two ways:
- As fire-fighters, to turn up in some town or region when problem about public or workplace smoking was arising, and do media interviews.
- To make regular media tours through various parts of the country to promote Tobacco Institute propaganda.
They were paid to visit major cities in each state, where the Regional Tobacco Institute staff would have arranged radio, TV or news coverage, and set up meetings with key officials at the local councils, counter air-ports (smoking bans) and meet with the editorial boards of media outlets. This is Diana Avedon's list of the key contractors on these group media-tours. It had the advantage of each participant getting to know the others, which introduced a collegial element to their shared message distortions.
|1993 Jun 1 TI list of "Witness/Expert Appearances Scientific/Legal/Spokespersons."|
Assistant to the Tobacco Institute President,
|Mike Buckley |
lawyer-lobbyist with Covington & Burling,
|Simon Turner |
IAQ witness/executive of ACVA/HBI,
| Gio Batta Gori|
Corrupt science researcher at Nat. Cancer Institute
He ran the Tobacco Working Group for the industry until fired.
Tobacco Institute's Media spokesperson
|Gray Robertson |
Partner in ACVA then owner of HBI
Lifelong contractor for sham air-testing with TI
owner/partner of ACVA and HBI
He sold his share of HBI to Gray Robertson
| Larry Holcomb|
Ran sham air-testing company (airlines)
Holcomb Environmental Services
|John C Fox|
Lawyer lobbyist for TI via Pettit & Martin
Later also through Pillsbury Madison & Sutro
Healthy Buildings International (HBI)
spokesman on 'sick buildings'
TI Public Relations, then Issues Management
Later VP at the Tobacco Institute.
| David Remes|
legal strategist from the main law firm
Covington & Burling (C&B)
National Energy Management Institute
(NEMI) organiser who worked for TI
|Melinda L Sidak|
C&B lawyer; strategist in science corruption
Worked on recruitment of scientists.
He ran restaurant front-group RSVP
He organised lobby against smoking bans.
| Larry Halfen|
Environmental Consultants; TI witness
|An attached 1991 Witness List includes|
| Brennan Dawson|
Media relations at the Tobacco Institute
|Jeff Seckler |
Exec. in charge of HBI's sham air testing
He later turned whistleblower.
Lawyer sent on media tours by the Tobacco institute to train witnesses.
|Joe Pedelty |
worked for Holcomb Environmental Services
Did sham air-testing for TI
|Jolly Ann Davidson|
NASBE school/educational lobbyist,
ran "Helping Youth Decide" program for TI
GMU economics professor (Tollison aide)
Key in cash-for-comments network
lawyer and media lobbyist with John Fox
She was retained by TI as IAQ witness
|Walter J Decker|
Ran Toxicology Consultancy Services
Provide witness services for the TI
TI Director of Economic Issues
He was ex-US Chambers of Commerce
|Mike Davis (Dallas Texas)|
Prof of Econ. and Business Management
Witness for the Tobacco Institute.
Prof Economics West Virginia.
Worked in cash-for-comments net.
|The main long document has this 1989 witness list attached with the addition (to above)|
economics professor and leader of
cash-for-comments economists network
| David A Weeks|
Boise Idaho physician, TI Witness
Partner of S James Kilpatrick in Per-Med Corp.
Ex tobacco industry scientist. Retrained
to provide legislative and media briefings.
GMU professor of economics who ran the
cash-for-comments economists network
Economics professor and TI witness.
Tollison's understudy in c-for-c network
| Jack E Peterson|
Industrial hygienist; ran Peterson Assoc.
Also worked for Dow Chemicals
|Bestype Consulting Corporation |
they ran TI's "Sick Building Syndrome"
and "Tight Building Syndrome" seminars.
|Dennis A Vaughn|
Lawyer-lobbyist for Tobacco Institute,
Associate of John Fox at P&M and PM & Sutro
|The 1988 List includes most of above with the additions of:|
|Alan W Katzenstein|
Biostatistician with Katzenstein Assoc.
Witness for Tobacco Institute,
Ran the Smokers Rights Alliance
His wife Sue had her focus on airline smoking.
[Numerous other documents detail the day-to-day organization of these groups spread over five or more years.]