Taxpayers pay for study calling tea party an agent of Big Tobacco

Stanton Glantz, PhD

Stanton Glantz, PhD – Photo Credit UCSF

As reported last week, a study was conducted in California that claimed the tea party movement was little more than organized opposition to smoking restrictions and tobacco taxes.

The University of California’s San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education said, “rather than being a purely grassroots movement that arose spontaneously in 2009,” the tea party evolved “in part as a result of tobacco industry efforts to oppose smoking restrictions and tobacco taxes beginning in the 1980s.”

The study points to Citizens for a Sound Economy, a nonprofit that was funded in part by cigarette companies, and how it eventually “split into the tea party organizations Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works.”

“If you’re going to have a conspiracy theory, at least try to make it pass the laugh test … and this one doesn’t even do that,” AFP President Tim Phillips told FoxNews.com.

Nonetheless, the far left was quick to point to the report as “proof” that the claims first made by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi that the tea party was little more than “astroturf” were in fact true.

And, just as we predicted, the study was paid for by taxpayers.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that the study “was funded by [two] National Cancer Institute grants.” The institute is a division of the National Institutes of Health, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The report notes that in addition to rejecting the study’s findings, critics have “expressed concern that taxpayer funds were used to support politically motivated attacks.”

“Tea party sympathizer or not, liberal or conservative, every taxpayer should be outraged that their money is used to editorialize on the politics of the day,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., a member of the House Tea Party Caucus, said in a statement to the Free Beacon.

“Instead of spending money to research cancer—as the National Cancer Institute is supposed to do—they are engaged in politically-motivated attacks on Americans engaged in the political process,” Huelskamp added.

The study’s primary author defended its federal backing, saying his efforts were within the National Cancer Institute’s mission.

“If you want to control cancer, you have to control smoking — and if you want to control smoking, you have to understand how the tobacco companies operate,” researcher Stanton Glantz told Fox News.

In a statement, the National Cancer Institute said it “played no role in the selection of the research topic, conduct of the research or preparation of the manuscript.”

 

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Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.He can be reached at tom@bizpacreview.com
About Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review. He can be reached at tom@bizpacreview.com

  • Barry G

    And the TAXPAYER funds came through the "National Cancer Institute", this is how Obama spends our money whether it be Solyndra, GM, GE, Facebook(tax free billions in income) or Nasa being used as a Muslim outreach program, Obama is a friggin nightmre.

    To all you butthead Commies who voted for Obama/Marxism, GO TO HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LONG LIVE THE TEA PARTY, LONG LIVE THE FREE USA………..LIVE FREE OR DIE

  • LisaF

    Deflection noted, not that it matters. America rejects the Tea Party Taliban.

  • Mike

    If you voted for Obama then you are Cancer.

  • Jan

    Sounds like things guy was on the side of the Brits during the American Revolution! Thank God we had the Boston Tea Party!

  • Mike

    Of course nothing here actually refutes the results of the study. And why should not tax payer money be used to study recent history? Without tax payer funded research the only research would be that done at the bequest of those with money. Wake up and smell the manipulation.

  • Rachel

    The link to the free article is http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/