This site deals only with the corporate corruption of science, and makes no inference about the motives or activities of individuals involved.
There are many reasons why individuals become embroiled in corporate corruption activities - from political zealotry to over-enthusiastic activism; from gullibility to greed.
Please read the OVERVIEW carefully, and make up your own mind.
David G Tuerck
— A cash-for-comment economist from Beacon Hill Institute, Suffolk University in Boston who was available to help the tobacco industry through the economist's network run by Tollison and Savarese. —
Professor David Tuerck has made a secondary career out of working secretly for the tobacco industry while still running the Beacon Hill Institute in Boston and lecturing at the Sussex University. He has also been regularly involved in numerous far right-wing think tanks which specialise in the distortion of public information and the corruption of the political process.
He joined the Tobacco Institute's cash-for-comments economists network in 1989. This had been set up by Professor Bob Tollison at the Center for the Study of Public Choice (George Mason University) with the help of Profs. Henry Butler and James Buchanan (who was Tuerck's PhD supervisor.)
The mechanics of the network — and the cut-out for keeping payments confidential — were run by James Savarese & Associates, a long-term consultant to the Tobacco Institute who specialised in recruiting academic economists.
The scope and activities of this network can be seen in a Febuary 6 1987 letter to the network participants.
We are finally ready to get this first op-ed project off the ground. I am asking you to review the attached materials and write an editorial for a major newspaper in your state. This article should support the basic right to advertise legal products and oppose attempts to restrict advertising either by outright bans or by punitive use of the tax code.
Obviously, the point of this exercise is to support tobacco's right to advertise on basic constitutional grounds. Arguments which touch on issues such as censorship, cutting off the free flow of information, and even the experiences in other countries with such bans might be useful.
Upon completion of a draft op-ed, please send it to me immediately via Federal Express. I will go over the article and return it to you for submission to a newspaper. At that time you will be given some guidelines for submitting your editorial to a newspaper and an appropriate newspaper in your state.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call Anna Tollison, Jim Savarese, or Linda Prichett at 202-466-7590. You can also direct any technical questions to Bob Tollison at 703-323-3771 or Henry Butler at 703-841-2665.
He now is professor and chairman of the Suffolk University Department of Economics and president of the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University. He makes many television and radio appearances and has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Subcommittee on Children and Families, as well as various committees of the Massachusetts legislature.
He is past president of the North American Economics and Finance Association. He has been a Heritage Foundation Policy Expert in Economics and once served as the director of the Center for Research and Advertising at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
His stance on Climate Change
"Scientific questions are above my pay grade…I'm not in the business of asking whether the earth is warming…" [Source: Speech at the Third International Conference on Climate Change.]
"I have found it necessary to go around the country pointing out that claims about green jobs are all phony."
- Texas Public Policy Foundation — "Policy Expert" and Senior Fellow.
- Beacon Hill Institute — "Executive director."
- American Enterprise Institute (AEI) — ex-director of the Center for Research and Advertising.
- Heartland Institute — On their list of "Global Warming Experts."
- Heritage Foundation — ex-Policy Expert in Economics (see Texas Policy Foundation profile).
Don't confuse with David G Turek (sic), another economist from the Wharton Applied Research Center, Philadelphia, who also worked for the tobacco industry through the Tobacco Institute. This David G Tuerck (sic) was one of the cash-for-comments network in the 1990s.
Tuerck worked for the Tobacco Institute, from 1975 to late 1990s, and Turek for a more limited time in the 1980s. The TI staff got the spelling of the names mixed up a few times.
David G. Tuerck serves as professor and chairman of the Suffolk University Department of Economics.
Dr. Tuerck is an authority on public policy issues including state tax policy and analysis, welfare reform and the economics of regulation. He has made more than 100 television and radio appearances and has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Subcommittee on Children and Families, as well as various committees of the Massachusetts legislature. He is past president of the North American Economics and Finance Association and a Heritage Foundation Policy Expert in Economics.
Dr. Tuerck has published numerous books and articles, including Trade Policy and the Price System and Foreign Trade and U.S. Policy with Leland Yeager. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Washington Times and many other publications.
Prior to joining Suffolk University in 1982, he was a director in the Economic Analysis Group at Coopers & Lybrand, Washington, DC. Prior to that, he served as director of the Center for Research and Advertising at the American Enterprise Institute.
Dr. Tuerck holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Virginia. His dissertation director was James M. Buchanan, Nobel Laureate in Economics.
Some key documents
• Professor and chairman of the Suffolk University, Department of Economics, Boston, MA He also runs the Beacon Hill Institute (BHI), which is a extreme free-market promoting think-tank funded by the Coors family (Castle Rock Foundation) and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
The Beacon Hill Institute is said to be "attached to the Economics Department of Suffolk University in Boston."
AM, Economic Policy A.B., International Affairs, The George Washington University. [Source: Suffolk University].
Doctorate in economics from the University of Virginia. [Source: Beacon Hill Institute].
1976: "The Economic Consequences of Devaluation of Reserve Currency Country," World Monetary Disorder, Patrick Boarman and David Tuerck, editors, Praeger Publishers, New York, 1976.
1976: "The Economic Consequences of Devaluation of Reserve Currency Country," World Monetary Disorder, Patrick Boarman and David Tuerck, editors, Praeger Publishers, New York,
1976 Feb 17: Walker Merryman at the Tobacco Institute suggests they have research done by the Center for Research on Advertising (Director is David Tuerck) at the American Enterprise Institute.
If we are interested in having some research done into public service advertising by the major health organizations and agencies of government concerning smoking and health, theAmerican Enterprise Institute may be interested.
I understand, through a third party, that David Tuerck, Director of the Center for Research on Advertising at the institute, has evidenced some interest in counter advertising and a defense of commercial advertising practices
[The AEI is one of the leading groups contributing to the PR war against human-induced global warming. it has received at least 2,825,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.]
1976 July 6: Conference held at the American Enterprises Institute. David Tuerck was the editor of the proceedings published under the name the Political Economy of Advertising, [NOTE: MANY THOUSANDS OF PAGES]
1982 Feb 18: Conference by the Heritage Foundation and the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation. It has him listed as "Cooper & Lybrand" as a speaker.
1986: This is the Tollison/Saverese network list for 1986. It has 64 names, but it still doesn't cover all 50 States. Some States have two or three network members, so newspapers [and sometimes Congressmen] need to be specified for each member to ensure there is no accidental duplication.
Telephone numbers (office and home) are often included in case an urgent op-ed or ordinance hearing is needed. These are grouped by State:
Prof Simon Rottenberg
Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01002, 413-545-0421
Professor David Tuerck
Suffolk University, 8 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108, 617-723-4700
1988 Jan 15: The planned activities of Ogilvy & Mather and the Tobacco Institute. Jim Savarese, subcontracted to the tobacco industry via Ogilvy & Mather, is writing a proposal which was sent to the Tobacco Institute.
Nineteen eighty-seven was a banner year for the Tobacco Institute in its fight against excise tax increases at the federal level.
He then outlines a couple of problem areas before dealing with the "Economists Program." [No full list for these 42 network economists appears to exist]
Through careful coalition building and effective message dissemination, the Institute was able to fight the battle on its own terms and secure a substantial victory.
In reviewing your 1988 plans, we found many areas where Ogilvy & Mather and Savarese and Associates can continue to provide services. There are also new areas where we have expertise which have not been fully explored.
Our work with the network of forty-two economists should continue into 1988. In 1987, the network was effective in producing op-eds and submitting and presenting testimony. These activities should continue in 1988. In addition, the economists network can be used for editorial board briefings, presentations at conferences and the placement of articles on this issue with major media outlets.
In order to make the most of the new opportunities for the economist network, several factors must be taken into consideration:
The opportunity exists to place economists on key economic programs, panels, and at national and regional tax policy conferences. As an addendum to this effort, it is possible to have their comments reprinted and distributed.
- only 7 or 8 of the economists within the network have the potential to make presentations to editorial boards and conferences.
- those economists selected to make presentations to editorial boards and conferences need a training program. This program may include media training through Michael Sheehan and briefings by Jim Savarese and Bob Tollison.
- the editorial board program is a limited strategy with applicability mainly at the federal level with some use at the state level.
- when implementing the editorial board program, Ogilvy & Mather can assist with pitch materials, press kits, and a placement program.
They also want to commission studies. They suggest:
They also propose to work with a number of right-wing tax groups, some left-wing labor groups, minority groups, senior citizens, agricultural groups, and advertising companies. They propose to sponsor conferences, and make a video on excise taxes.
- Effects of an excise tax increase on the federal budget (and its fairness)
- on bootlegging "and come up with some strong conclusions" [predetermined!]
- In addition, Savarese and Associates can locate a conservative economist to make the argument that there is an acceleration of government spending when taxes are increased. The program will include placement in an economic journal.
A national Excise Tax Op-ed Program will target various importnat members of the Congress and big businessmen (e.g. Lee Iaococca) on the National Economic Commission (NEC). The network economists will be required to target specific newspapers, and a few key political figures. The target for this member of the network is:
Targeted paper: Boston Globe
Economist: David Tuerck, Suffolk University
[Why selected:] Commission members Sen. Patrick Moynihan and Felix Rohatyn are from New York. Because we have great difficulty in getting published in New York, we have decided to target the entire Northeast area.
1988 June 23: Debbie Schoonmaker at the Tobacco Institute receives a memo from contract organiser James Savarese with "an update status on the NEC Op-Ed Project: [NEC = National Economic Commission, the group they were trying to influence.]
As it now stands, 9 articles have been published, 4 articles (New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and Idaho) are forthcoming, 4 articles have been submitted for publication, and 2 articles are in the revision stage. It lists the network economists by the state in which they operate together with the academics's successes in planting articles on their principle state newspapers.
1988 July: Tuerck article in Boston Globe column:
"There is little disagreement about singling out individual products for taxation. The idea is one of the worst ways of raising revenue. This givers nonsmokers a free ride.
It encourages the idea that government can spend all it wants, provided there's a handy group of 'sinners' around to bear the cost.
It is clear, despite what the Surgeon General and others in the anti-smoking community would like others to believe, that a number of independent leaders are posing though-provoking questions. They are questions which strike at the very heart of the cherished goals of our foes. They forsee a 'smoke-free-society by the year 2000. They appear to be willing to go to any lengths in order to enhance their political agenda."
See report in Oklahoma Smoker
1989 Jan 11: The Tobacco Institute's Scientific Consultancy Activity 1988-89
This is an 80 page mixed bag of files dumped together [Well worth perusing]. The first document is from 1990 [ordered in reverse]
- Pages 3 to 23 begin with Witness Appearances in 1988 and 1989 involving both "Indoor Air Quality experts" who work for the Tobacco Institute, and three economists [Bob Tollison, Richard Wagner and Dwight Lee]
- Pages 24 to 31 Labor IAQ Presentations in 1988 and 1989 which involves key figures in the labor movement and a few "IAQ experts."
- Pages 32 to 39 IAQ/ETS conferences attended by tobacco industry disinformation experts in 1988 and 1989
- Pages 40 to 41 Academic and Unaffiliated Scientfic Witnesses
- Pages 43 to 53 Smokers Rights Legislation in various states.
- See page 54: Tobacco Institute "Confidential" memo on "Tax Hearing Readiness" which is their battle plan to counter earmaking of cigarette excise taxes to fund health programs. It lists a large number of organizations and a few congressmen who can be relied on to help. It also has both primary and secondary lists of economists from Tollison's "cash-for-comments" network willing to give testimony.
The Tobacco Institute's list of cash-for-comments professors and senior academics who were available to write op-eds and give evidence at Congressional hearings, etc. had grown extensively.
- Bill Orzechowski, Tobacco Institute
- Robert Tollison, George Mason University
- Richard Wagner, George Mason University
- Dwight Lee, University of Georgia, Athens
- Michael Davis, Southern Methodist University
- Gary Anderson, California State at Northridge
- William Prendergast (resource: Prendergast/Solmon papers)
- Other Network economists [see Secondary attached list below]
"Due by mid-year is a book examining earmarking and "user fees" from a public choice perspective. The treatise will contain 8-10 chapters written by respected economists, including, Henri LePage and Nobel laureate James Buchanan."
Prof Simon Rottenberg, University of Massachusetts
Prof David Tuerck, Suffolk University
[TI budget papers show that each op-ed now earned the economists $3,000. Presentations to conferences earned them $5,000. Savarese was paid $70 to $100,000 pa for this project, and Ogilvy & Mather $250,000.].
See page 5
1989 Jan 11: The Tobacco Institute's list of cash-for-comments professors and senior academics who were available to write op-eds and give evidence at Congressional hearings, etc. This had grown extensively.
Massachusetts now has two:
- Prof Simon Rottenberg, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01002
- Professor David Tuerck, Suffolk University, 8 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108
1989 April 18: Susan Stuntz (Issues Manager) at the Tobacco Institute memoes her boss Sam Chilcote. She is sending him material previously used for a two-day "Gerry Long" presentation. He wants to use it in a shorter one-day (unspecified) briefing session.
[Gerald H Long was the CEO of RJ Reynolds who in 1988 had just taken over as Chairman of the Tobacco Institute's Executive Committee and wanted to make changes.] This document has the speaker's powerpoints, including a list of network economists divided on a State-by-State basis. Note the document is 117 pages
The outline for the Powerpoint slides is here in full, together with the names of the politicians they were required to influence. It boasts that the..
Economists' Network 64 Strong [is] Targeted to Congressional Tax Writing Committees [and utilizing the] Production of Op-Eds on Federal Tax Policy.
[List of economists]
1990 May: This is a list of the newspapers designated to certain economists on the network. They are to attempt to plant an op-ed article on "Excise Taxes" on this local newspapers.
David Tuerck, Suffolk University
[has been given the] Boston Globe. [as his target publication.]
1991 Jan: /E Tobacco Institute draft plan for 1991 with emphasis on "Taxes." These are the economist-related paragraphs:
To discourage reliance on consumer excise taxes on cigarettes to meet social and economic objectives by demonstrating that excise taxes are regressive and inconsistent with fair taxation.
Goals and Tactics:
- Commission two op-ed articles in 1991 from consulting economists. As articles are published, provide to other Institute decisions for promotion and submission to appropriate policy makers.
- Conduct at least 10 presentations by consulting economists on the excise tax issue before national, regional and state tax policy conferences.
- Continue to utilize consulting economists for testimony and briefings. Expand appearances to include presentations to business clubs and the business press. Conduct media refresher courses for public speaking appearance and delivery of testimony.
- Utilize the consulting economists for an op-ed program that addresses the national earmarking issue and state specific earmarking issues. As articles are published, provide to other Institute divisions and promote to appropriate public policymakers. Use field staff network to support distribution efforts.
1991 Jan 8: Savarese has sent the current list of network economists to Carol Hyrcaj at the Tobacco Institute. It contains three new names, but otherwise is essentially the same as the old lists.
1993 Mar 23: Jim Savarese is proposing to Cal George at the Tobacco Institute a new Op-ed program.
Outlined below is our proposed op-ed program in opposition to the use of excise taxes to finance health care. This economist is listed as one of the proposed lucky recipients of $3,000 in largess from the Tobacco Institute for slashing out a quick op-ed. He was to submit the article to Boston Globe.
- Op-ed article by Robert Tollison to be submitted to Wall Street Journal $ 4,000.00
- Rebuttal article by Bob Ekelund, Auburn University, to be submitted to the Birmingham News $ 3,000.00
- "Monster" tax op-ed project using twenty economists (list attached) to submit articles in opposition to using excise taxes on cigarettes to finance health care reform - to be submitted to twenty newspapers in twenty different states $ 60,000.00
TOTAL $ 67,000.00
1993 Aug 3: This is a series of lists dated from March to August 1993. Savarese's staff have sent these to the Tobacco Institute to progressively report successes and failures with the economists writing op-ed pieces and having them published.
Collectively they give us a good idea as to how the network worked and how litte they managed to plant on the major newspapers (the smaller local papers were obviously easy.) It's also interesting to observe the mechanical processes and the tight control the tobacco industry and its lawyers exerted over these academic lackies.
Clearly, by 1993, many of the original network members were dropping out. The Tobacco Institute also appears to have been having problems getting even those academics who stayed loyal to write articles that justified their $2000 to $3000 payments. [Perhaps some of them developed a conscience!]
- The articles were either rejected, revised or passed by Jim Savarese and his staff
- They were then sent for checking and alteration by Calvin George [Cal] at the Tobacco Institute.
- The lawyer David Reemes who worked for the industry's main Washington lawfirm Covington & Burling then cleared them for publication.
- The economist then received the revised copies back for onward transmission to the selected newspapers.
- They would then send a copy to their local Congressmen without mentioning the tobacco industry's contractual arrangement.
Despite the protestations, these are not 'independent' opinion articles. They are industry-shaped, manipulated propaganda pieces designed as advocacy vehicles to promote tobacco interests in political, media and public circles — even when they don't directly mention or promote cigarettes or smoking.
These lists are all headed 'MONSTER' Tax Op-Ed Project:
David Tuerck, Beacon Hill Institute, Suffolk University, 8 Ashburton Place, Boston, MA
- Mar 23 — [TI designated newspaper/s] Boston Globe
- Apr 9 — [No details]
- May 12 — [No details]
- May 18 — Contacted 5/17/93 — Sending op-ed week of 5/24/93
- June 2 — Submitted to Boston Globe
- June 14— Submitted to Boston Globe (rejected)... resubmitted to local papers and a business journal.
- Aug 3 — (as above)
1993 Aug 22: Jim Savarese sends "a copy of David Tuerck's op-ed which was published in the Brockton Enterprise, on August 22, 1993." to the Tobacco Institute. It is headed "Sin taxes and the politics of meaning: No way to pay the doctor."
It charges the Clintons (particularly Hiliary) with fostering a new 'religion' — a new 'Clinton theology' — and a 'new Calvinism' with their health-care plan, and therefore taxing tobacco because it is held to be sinful.
It also includes the classic tobacco tout's line of "I am not a smoker — so I must be telling the truth." But to give him his due, he inserts this implied claim into his diatribe in a creative new way.
The vast majority of us who are nonsmokers or light drinkers should therefore think twice before endorsing the proposed tax hikes. The fact that we won't be much affected this time around should be of little comfort if it turns out that we are now in the grip of a latter-day Carry Nation who has more plans for subordinating our individual selves to the greater good.
After all, there is no reason to limit the politics of self-denial to just alcohol or cigarettes. A "sin-tax" proposal would raise taxes on just a few of many items whose consumption someone might wish to discourage and that are believed to represent, incidentally, a lucrative revenue source.
[The article tells the reader that David G Tuerck is executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University and chairman and professor of economics at Suffolk. But it doesn't tell them that this article was bought and paid for by the tobacco industry for political propaganda purposes. Nor that part of his contract was to lobby his Congressman on their behalf.]
1993 Aug 31: A Tuerck op-ed clipping is sent to some Tobacco Industry executive lobbyists (and copied to others) by Susan Stuntz:
Attached is another op-ed from the consulting economists. This one, by David Tuerck, appeared recently in the Brockton (Mass.) Enterprise
It is a pre-emptive strike, and is headed "Sin taxes and the politics of meaning: No way to pay the doctor." It attacks President Cinton and "Saint Hillary."
Congress should consider the Massachusetts example as well as the dubiousness of the Clintons' new theology before it rushes ahead to raise "sin taxes," should such a proposal be made. It appears that "politics of meaning" is nothing more than what the first lady means by politics.
1995 /E: The annual Media Relations Report at the Tobacco Institute lists all of the then-current list of academics writing op-ed pieces (including David Tuerck), together with newcomers.
He is still on their list as a current network participant.
- Dr Terry Ridgeway, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Dr Lowell Gallaway, Ohio University
- Robert Higgs, Independent Institute, Edmonds, Washington
- Dr Robert Pulsinelli, Western Kentucky University
1995 Dec 21: Savarese & Associate's Status report to Carol Hyrcaj at the Tobacco Institute on the FDA op-editorial program.
As reflected in the status report, we have replaced Iowa, Wisconsin, and the Houston congressional district with three new states (California, Massachusetts and West Virginia). As you know, we have already received Robert Sexton's (California) article, as well as confirmation that the economist in Massachusetts is able to participate.
[That was Tuerck]
At this time, we are asking those economists that have published, to forward a copy of their article to their congressman/congresswoman.
1996 Jan 5: Status Report on FDA Op-ed Program. It lists 20 successful newpaper plants of their anti-FDA propaganda and the 20 economists who wrote these articles on commission:
MASSACHUSETTS Attached in front of this document is a model letter to be used by the professors when sending a copy of their article to a local Congressman.
David Tuerck, Beacon Hill Institute
Suffolk University, 8 Ashburton Place, Boston MA
Will have op-ed to us by the end of January.
Of course the Congressman's cover letter makes no mention of the fact that the Tobacco Institute paid $3,000 to have the op-ed written.See also the earlier version of this report which details those op-eds which have been sent for revision again, before being submitted to their newspapers.
One copy of this Report says that David Tuerck "Will have op-ed to us by the end of January."
1996 March 1: Jim Savarese's staffer writes to the Tobacco Institute about the FDA Op-ed Program enclosing a copy of Allen Parkman's published op-ed. They are now cracking the whip.
Based on our discussion, I sent John David (WV) a detailed memo addressing the problems with his article. The revised article we received failed to correct many of the original problems. As a result, we have dismissed him from the program. We feel that he may have a problem with tobacco issues, but did not want to come out and tell us.
After Sub-editing and legal clearance, Jim Savarese had returned Dave Tuerck's new FDA-attack article to himon 13 February and Tuerck had. in turn, submitted it to the Boston Globe as his own work.
At this time, I am continuing to ask the economists who have not published to contact their editors regarding the status of their articles. I am also urging those economists who have published, to contact their Congressman/Congresswoman if they haven't already done so.
1996 Mar 8: Kelleigh Varnum, of Savarese & Associations advises Carol Hrycaj at the Tobacco Institute that:
We have located an economist to replace John David (WV). His name is Cliff Dobitz (ND). The status report reflects this addition.
John David had been fired for producing unsatisfactory op-eds, and Doblitz was an old network contributor from North Dakota. Presumably he had not then been contracted to attack the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) which was the then-current project for both op-ed writing and contacting Congressmen. Now he was.
Also attached is Ed Price's (OK) letter to Congressman Largent.
The Status Report for this FDA Op-ed Program records:
David Tuerck, Beacon Hill Institute, Suffolk University
Boston Globe — returned article to economist 2/13
[This probably means Savarese returned the draft article to Tuerck on this day]
1996 Apr 6: His article Feds vs smoking: Enough already This is an attack on the FDA's anti-advertising drive. He trots out the standard package of tobacco industry slogans.
1996 Apr 8: Kelleigh at James Savarese & Associates writes to the Tobacco Institute.
Please find enclosed David Tuerck's (MA) published op-editorial. I will forward the original to you as soon as I receive it.
Also enclosed is Congressman Weldon's response to Dom Armentano (CT)
1996 Apr 16: Kelleigh Varnum advises the Tobacco Institute on the progress of the FDA Op-ed Program.
To date, 14 of 20 articles have published. The general list also records this economist other attempts.
- David Kurth (LA) informed us that his op-ed published on February 21, in Lagniappe. Apparently, there was a breakdown in communication with the editor and he did not realize that the article had published. Enclosed is a copy of the article. Unfortunately, it is of very poor quality. We will forward the original to you when we receive it.
- Although the Atlanta Constitution has promised for quite some time to publish Dwight Lee's op-editorial, there still have not been any developments. As a result, we have directed Dwight to pursue other outlets for submission.
- Cecil Bohanon (IN) is contacting the editor of the Journal Gazette. He will pursue other outlets for submission if they decide not to publish his article.
- Publication of Barry Poulson's (CO) and Cliff Dobitz's (ND) op-editorials is forthcoming.
- Both Mike Davis (TX) and Terry Ridgway (NV) are checking with their editors on the status of their articles.
- Boston Globe - declined
- Boston Herald - Published April 6,1996
1996 June 24: Status Report on FDA Op-Ed Program lists the various network economists and the articles they have planted with their newspapers, together with the Congressmen who have been contacted. About this Massachusetts network economist it says:
David Tuerck, Beacon Hill Institute, Suffolk University
Boston Globe — declined
Boston Herald — Published April 6 1996
Clearly the Boston Globe could smell the money behind the article, and they appear not to have published any of his subsequent articles. However the Boston Herald was not so astute, and they became a regular outlet for his op-eds.
1997 Aug 14: David Tuerck is at the annual conference of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in New Orleans [started by the Paul Weyrich and the Heritage Institute with funding from Edison Electric Institute and the oil companies].
He is with an associate Howard R Wright, and they are recruiting for the Beacon Hill Institute in Boston which he says
"applies the free-market economic model to the solution of societal problems. Research topics include dynamic state tax modeling, welfare privatization and tort reform." He is also involved in an ALEC economic task force with William Shughart, Barry Poulson (both cash-for-comments network economists) and the notorious Grover Norquist.
1998 Aug 15: The Florida "Press Journal" carried an article "Government assaults success" by cash-for-comments economist DT Armentano which attacks the McCain tobacco bill and the FDA.
The list of activities of the other economists shows that the network continued to be operated by the Tobacco Institute itself (under Walter Woodson, and Lance Morgan - both Public Affairs division). [However Savarese is still in the picture.] The op-eds are now being rejected by many newspapers, who are no longer willing to publish tobacco industry propaganda.
And, since legally discovered tobacco documents had already begun to appear on-line, the Tobacco Institute has carefully deleted the names of the Professor of Economics who wrote each op-ed piece.
Tuerck is listed under the heading
MASSACHUSETTS, Suffolk University Clearly his having difficulty in placing his op-eds.
- DECLINED: Boston Globe
- DECLINED: New York-Times
- DECLINED: Boston Herald
1999 June 24: The revised version of quotes and talking points from the part tobacco-funded book "Advertising and Constitutional Protections Around the World" It says:
The information contained in this book was collected under the auspices of The International Advertising Association (IAA) - which was formed in 1938 and is the only worldwide tripartite association in the marketing communications field. It also reflects the contributions of Hall Dickler Kent Friedman & Wood, which gathered and analyzed the study data.
IAA's Richard Corner has observed that advertising is, in fact, crucial to the economic survival of media, keeping its price to consumers reasonable and affordable. "It provides, he said, "some 85 percent of newspaper revenues, 65 percent of magazine revenues and 100 percent of privately owned commercial radio and television stations."
David Tuerck, of the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research, and Professor and Chairman, Department of Economics, Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, presented a vivid picture of what the world might be like if advertising's critics prevailed and it was legislated out of existence (Tuerck, D., Interpublic Group of Companies' 1987 Annual Report). In a world without advertising, he wrote, in part," consumers would lack a means of distinguishing one product from another. Producers [of products and services] lack a means by which to reward themselves for successfully establishing a particular product as a benchmark for quality. They find that they profit most by attracting the least attention and that the smart tactic is to cut costs and avoid being noticed for any loss in quality that takes place as a result.
A world without advertising thus turns upside down the idea of offering a product that permits the seller to stand out from the crowd. " "By eliminating an important means by which to compete, the disappearance of advertising would discourage competition. It would encourage producers to behave as they did in the world of the medieval guilds or of old-fashioned Soviet-style factories...
In that world, active selling or promotion by producers is taboo. Producers shun the uncertainties of competition, where failure to attract the consumer's patronage is as likely as success, for a quieter life wherein 'cooperation' replaces competition.
"Just as it would discourage producers from competing over quality, the disappearance of advertising would discourage them from competing over price. Producers would lack an adequate means to inform consumers that they had cut prices. Consumers, having to rely on more costly and time-consuming methods of making price and quality comparisons, would go on paying higher prices even when lower prices were available. " Further, Professor Tuerck observes, "Without advertising we would return to the earlier world - a world of high retail price margins, scarcer goods and the disappearance of the advertised brands to which generics and private labels owe their justification and acceptability.
Any reduction in factory price made possible by the elimination of advertising would be offset by other promotion costs that manufacturers would incur in selling to retailers and wholesalers, by the increased market power that merchants would acquire over consumers, and by the increased difficulty that consumers would have making price comparisons among merchants.
"Because manufacturers could not appeal directly to consumers without advertising, they would lose an important incentive to improve existing products and to introduce new ones. The consequences would be especially severe for the very products that supposedly benefit the consumer the most.... " A world without advertising would lack the volume and diversity of print and electronic media that we know and that we take for granted. Many publications and programs would disappear. The survivors would suffer enormous increases in price. Government would find itself filling yet another governmentally-induced vacuum in the marketplace, with all the predictable consequences for free speech and market innovation. "
"This, then," he concludes, "is the world without advertising. In this world, the image of manufacturer and merchant vying rigorously for the consumer's patronage is replaced by another image. It is the image of the consumer reading his government-edited newspaper as he waits in line to buy goods he doesn't recognize, at prices he can't compare, for the purpose of satisfying want that could be better satisfied by goods about which he will never know.
[He goes on to attack government funded media like the BBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, etc as like "Czarist Russia".
The InterPublic Group he was writing for in 1987 was on its way to becoming one of the three super-media-conglomerates which hold most of the advertising, public relations, lobbying, polling and campaign managment companies around the world.]
2001 Sept 6: "Universal health care plan proposed"
The first phase of the proposal drafted for the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative would cost about $1 billion, but would require only one tax increase, a 70-cent tax hike on each package of cigarettes, Vincent DeMarco, the coalition's executive director, said Thursday.
Most of the remaining cost would be covered by federal funds, premiums paid by workers and employers and money the state already spends on health care for the uninsured, DeMarco said.
But a study released on Thursday by a rival organization, the Maryland Foundation for Research and Economic Education, said any attempt to provide universal health coverage would require huge tax increases and would result in the loss of as many as 117,000 jobs in Maryland.
A study conducted by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston looked at four options. It estimated that costs would range from $1 billion for an expansion of Medicaid to almost $12 billion for a program funded entirely by the state.
David Tuerck, project director for the study, had not seen the coalition's plan Thursday, but he said he believes it would require substantial tax increases, huge levies on private business or a combination of the two.
"Money that goes into this has got to come out of something else. Taxes have to be raised ultimately," he said.
The inevitable result would be a substantial loss of jobs as workers moved to other states with lower taxes and business expanded or moved out of Maryland to avoid high costs associated with the program, Tuerck said.
The study was conducted for the Maryland Foundation for Research and Economic Education, a group set up to give Maryland businesses a greater role in setting public policy
2008 Jan 17: DeSmogBlog records: "Phony 'Peer Review' tries to Undermine Climate Action in North Carolina." by Mitchell Anderson. Jan 17, 2008.
Speaker at the Heartland Institute's 2008 International Conference on Climate Change.
2008 Apr: "The Economics of Climate Change in North Carolina" (PDF). The Beacon Hill Institute.
2008 Apr 22:
"The Economics of Climate Change in North Carolina" (PDF) has been presented to the Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change. His conclusions:
"Proposed legislation may provide benefits but they have yet to be determined."
"The legislation would impose measurable costs on business and on the economy" so the commission should "weigh these costs against the purported (and so far unsubstantiated) benefits."
Spoke at the "Boston Tea Party," an event organized by the Tea Party to "voice their displeasure with the egregious growth of government and the irresponsible policies our local, state and federal governments are pursuing." Included in these irresponsible policies is anti-global warming policy, which Tuerck says will "stifle economic growth, kill good jobs, and drive up energy costs."
Speaker at the Heartland Institute's 2009 International Conference on Climate Change.
2010 Feb 8: The Boston Herald is still regularly taking op-eds from David Tuerck. These don't appear to be tobacco-related, so some other organisation must be paying him to write them. http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/?type=opi
Registered speaker at the Heartland Institute's Sixth International Conference on Climate Change.