Why is Dole Talkin’ ’bout Tobacco?

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When it comes to tobacco, it seems Bob Dole can’t help but put his mouth where the money is.

Since the beginning of 1995, Bob Dole has received $25,500 from tobacco companies, according to the New York Times. The San Francisco Examiner puts the industry’s lifetime contribution to Dole at $477,000.

On the “Today” show, Dole downplayed the significance of contributions from tobacco interests, emphasizing that Democrats had also accepted such contributions.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , tobacco contributions to the Democratic Party from 1993 to 1995 totalled $800,000, while the industry’s contributions to the Republican Party weighed in at $4.5 million.

But there’s more to it than money. MoJo’s May/June exposé, Tobacco Dole, outlines the long-standing relationship between Bob Dole and the tobacco industry. Many bigwigs in Bob Dole’s campaign pull double duty by working for Big Tobacco.


May/June ’96 Mother Jones Cover Story:

Tobacco Dole
What Bob Dole’s telemarketer, his chief California strategist, and one of his national co-chairs have in common.

The Tobacco Election
How our republic can kick the habit.

Tobacco Strikes Back
A Mother Jones special report on the cigarette makers’ secret comeback strategy.

Censored: The Leaked ABC Tape
The full transcript and QuickTime video clips of “Tobacco Under Fire,” the provocative TV documentary ABC chose not to let you see.

See for yourself the spiked PSA
The anti-smoking public service announcement that aired in Caifornia until it was pulled by governor Pete Wilson.

Additional Resources:
Smoking-related readings from the MoJo wire and beyond.

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Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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