The Weekly Standard: The Blame-Deflection Game

Read the full story: The Weekly Standard The waste is not confined to NIH, either. The Weekly Standard reported last year that the Centers for Disease Control, which presumably should also be fighting Ebola, was using part of its $12.5 billion Obamacare slush fund to campaign for tougher state liquor […]

Washington Free Beacon: Federal Support for Anti-Tobacco Advocacy Raises Legal Questions

Read the full story: Washington Free Beacon The solicitation mentioned “community smoke-free policies” and tax increases on tobacco sales as worthwhile legislative objectives for subgrantees.   Dan Epstein, executive director of the government watchdog group Cause of Action, said his group investigated similar allegations of federally funded lobbying efforts financed […]

SCNow: Florence leaders claim no wrongdoing in Smoke Free lobbying case

Florence leaders claim no wrongdoing in Smoke Free lobbying case Officials and volunteers with anti-smoking movement blame DHEC for poorly run campaign, while Florence City Council members say they did no wrong. By JOHN SWEENEY    June 12, 2013   FLORENCE, SC – Former officials with Smoke Free Florence are […]

GAO on CPPW: Nothing to See Here

Arriving in the context of a broader lobbying controversy, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) lobbying policies. Even by the standards of government investigators, the GAO did a pathetic job examining the degree of CDC oversight of the […]

Dan Epstein on WFLA 4/26/2013

Executive Director Dan Epstein discusses CPPW report on WFLA

Dan Epstein on Radio America 4/20/2013

Executive Director Dan Epstein on Radio America discusses the CPPW report.

Cronies Putting Politics to Work

The Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program is a grant program administered by the CDC for education on tobacco use and obesity prevention.   All grant recipients are notified that it is illegal to use the funds for lobbying, but a CoA investigation has uncovered seven new instances where your […]