Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaires

The far right’s Trojan Horse
Politics • Views: 25,458
A screenshot of the archived U.S. Tea Party site, as it appeared online on Sept. 13, 2002

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:

“Nonprofit organizations associated with the Tea Party have longstanding ties to tobacco companies, and continue to advocate on behalf of the tobacco industry’s anti-tax, anti-regulation agenda.”

The two main organizations identified in the UCSF Quarterback study are Americans for Prosperity and Freedomworks. Both groups are now “supporting the tobacco companies’ political agenda by mobilizing local Tea Party opposition to tobacco taxes and smoke-free laws.” Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity were once a single organization called Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE). CSE was founded in 1984 by the infamous Koch Brothers, David and Charles Koch, and received over $5.3 million from tobacco companies, mainly Philip Morris, between 1991 and 2004.

More: Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaires

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
A Brief Trip Into the World of a Dandelion Seed Head Okay, that looks kinda scary, heh (and it's not even the actual 1:1 pixel size). I forgot that the meta image becomes the main image for the page. Slightly over a month ago I picked a dandelion that had ...
CuriousLurker
1 hour, 10 minutes ago
Views: 57 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
The Federal Government Must Stop Catholic Hospitals From Harming More Women Unfortunately, it’s increasingly a common story. A woman who is expecting a baby rushes to the hospital knowing that something is going horribly awry. Her heart rate is elevated, and she is bleeding. Sadly, the pregnancy is doomed. Crying ...
Birth Control Works
1 day, 5 hours ago
Views: 1,659 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 5
Tweets: 317 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 3
Likes: 7
Comments: 2
: 12
We Need to Meet Young Women’s Contraceptive Needs in Developing Regions—And We Can Make It Happen Today, of the 38 million adolescent women aged 15 to 19 in developing regions who are sexually active and want to avoid pregnancy, 23 million have an unmet need for modern contraceptives—meaning they are not using a contraceptive method ...
Birth Control Works
1 day, 7 hours ago
Views: 304 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 3 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 1
Right on Brotha Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Right On Brotha · Miles Davis / Miles Davis / Miles Davis / 邁爾士戴維斯 · Robert Glasper · Stevie Wonder / Stevie Wonder / スティーヴィーワンダー Everything's Beautiful ℗ 2016 Sony Music Entertainment ...
Thanos
1 day, 7 hours ago
Views: 322 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
RFID BlockerAs many people who read this particular weblog know I recently got a chip card from my credit union. After reading articles from wiki and every other popular weblog, I found some reliable information from some of my fellow LGF ...
PhillyPretzel
1 day, 11 hours ago
Views: 382 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 3
Tweets: 4 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Donald Trump Uber Alles I am the Super Classy Donald TrumpMy lies smile and never stumpSoon I will be President Obama power will soon go awayI will be fuhrer one dayI will command all of youYour kids will pledge to me in schoolYour ...
gocart mozart
2 days, 3 hours ago
Views: 754 • Comments: 2 • Rating: 2
Tweets: 25 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Should It Be Legal to Resell E-Books, Software, and Other Digital Goods? "If you're going to start reselling digital goods, who would be the fool who buys the original book?" asks Martijn David, the secretary general of the Dutch Publishers' Association. "A second-hand car is not new. A second-hand book is ...
Thanos
2 days, 10 hours ago
Views: 673 • Comments: 3 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 3 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Swiss Mark Opening of World’s Longest and Deepest Rail Tunnel Switzerland will celebrate an engineering marvel 20 years in the works on Wednesday: the debut of the world's longest and deepest railroad tunnel. The new tunnel through the Alps is 35.5 miles long, exceeding by 2 miles the current ...
Thanos
2 days, 14 hours ago
Views: 695 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 4 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Dr Heimlich Saves Choking Woman With Manoeuvre He Invented The 96-year-old American inventor of the Heimlich manoeuvre has used the technique himself to save a choking woman at his retirement home. Dr Henry Heimlich said he had demonstrated the technique many times but never used it in an ...
Thanos
3 days, 5 hours ago
Views: 686 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 4 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Push for Encryption Is Losing Steam in Congress, Despite Apple ShowdownI've never been in favor of a back door, however if there's an appropriately issued warrant and the phone manufacturer retrieves the data and unencrypts it without handing the tools to the police, I do not have heartburn with that. ...
Thanos
3 days, 10 hours ago
Views: 819 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Likes: 0
Comments: 0
: 0