The Interest Group Connection: Electioneering, Lobbying, and Policymaking in Washington

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Interest Groups and the Courts: Free Speech for Corporations

Wayne V. McIntosh and Cynthia L. Cates

"'60 Minutes' Kills Piece on Tobacco Industry: CBS Fears Lawsuit, Cites ABC Settlement." This was the headline for a story appearing in the 10 November 1995 edition of the Washington Post. The CBS newsmagazine had been instructed not to air an interview already taped and scheduled to run on the next Sunday's (12 November) show. "We were told [by CBS lawyers] that we couldn't put the piece on," Mike Wallace, the veteran 60 Minutes correspondent who conducted the interview, said. "In the final analysis, they are the publishers. . . . We argued with the attorneys and we lost."

The interview was with a former tobacco company research scientist and vice-president, Jeffrey Wigand, who had worked for Brown & Williamson, one of the nation's largest cigarette manufacturers. Wigand possessed detailed inside information and was set to dispute the public position of industry executives by revealing that the addictive qualities of nicotine had been known for decades.

Earlier in the year ABC News had run a story, based on an inside source dubbed "Deep Cough," suggesting that the tobacco companies "spiked" cigarettes with nicotine in order to guarantee their consumer market and had done so for a long time. In response, Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds filed a $10 billion libel suit. Within months, ABC settled, agreeing to pay the cigarette manufacturers' legal costs for their trouble and instructing its news division to issue a public apology for the story. CBS killed its piece, even though Brown & Williamson had not even

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The Interest Group Connection: Electioneering, Lobbying, and Policymaking in Washington
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Preface vii
  • Comments on the Electoral Connection 80
  • Part III the Congressional Connection 87
  • 6 the Dynamics of Lobbying the Hill 89
  • 7 Grassroots Organizations and Equilibrium Cycles in Group Mobilization and Access 100
  • 10 Interest Groups and the Congressional Budget Process: Lobbying in the Era of Deficit Politics 154
  • Acknowledgments 173
  • Notes 173
  • 11 Tobacco Industry Pacs and the Nation's Health: A Second Opinion 174
  • Comments on the Congressional Connection 196
  • Part IV the Executive Connection 203
  • 12 Lobbying the President and the Bureaucracy 205
  • Notes 213
  • Notes 223
  • 14 Lobbying for the President: Influencing Congress from the White House 224
  • Notes 238
  • Notes 256
  • Comments on the Executive Connection 258
  • Part V the Judicial Connection 265
  • Acknowledgments 287
  • Notes 287
  • 17 Please God, Save This Honorable Court: the Emergence of the Conservative Religious Bar 289
  • Acknowledgment 300
  • Notes 300
  • Notes 302
  • Notes 316
  • Comments on the Judicial Connection 318
  • Part VI Conclusion 325
  • 19 Interest Groups at the Dawn of a New Millennium 327
  • References 337
  • Index 361
  • About the Contributors 374
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