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Cancer Society fined for lack of disclosure in anti-smoking ads
The News Tribune.com ^ | 6-10-05 | KENNETH P. VOGEL

Posted on 06/14/2005 8:04:29 AM PDT by SheLion

When the American Cancer Society last year paid to air television ads warning of the dangers of secondhand smoke, it didn’t disclose the expenditure because, it contended, the ads weren’t supporting a proposed smoking ban working its way through the Legislature.

The state’s Public Disclosure Commission disagreed and the society eventually reported the money it spent on the ads.

But that wasn’t enough for the commission, which Thursday approved a $3,500 fine against the society for missing deadlines to report the money it spent on the ads and other so-called “grass-roots lobbying” intended to generate support for smoking ban proposals.

According to a report from the commission’s staff, “the violations are significant,” since the $64,200 the commission spent pushing the smoking ban wasn’t disclosed until after the 2004 legislative session ended. That means people watching the ads – some of which featured former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop urging them to ask their legislators to support the ban – didn’t know who was paying for them.

The smoking ban proposals, which would have prohibited smoking in bars, restaurants and most other non-tribal businesses, failed. An initiative that would have done the same thing failed to make the ballot last year, though a similar one this year appears more likely to make the Nov. 8 ballot, thanks in part to nearly $600,000 in backing from the Cancer Society.

But the society has also missed deadlines for reporting its contributions to the initiative this year, according to the commission’s report. As part of the agreement approved Thursday, if the society commits another violation or fails to meet other conditions, it will trigger an additional $4,000 in fines.

The commission Thursday also fined the American Heart Association $400 for missing deadlines to report nearly $15,000 it spent pushing the smoking bans.

And it fined Breathe Easy Washington, the group that pushed last year’s failed smoking ban initiative, $400 for missing deadlines to report $8,500 in contributions it received last year.

Kenneth P. Vogel: 360-754-6093

ken.vogel@thenewstribune.com


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We are boycotting them all. They are all liars!


1 posted on 06/14/2005 8:04:30 AM PDT by SheLion
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To: Just another Joe; Madame Dufarge; MeeknMing; steve50; Cantiloper; metesky; kattracks; ...
Another liar:


2 posted on 06/14/2005 8:05:31 AM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: All
In stead of using their donations for finding cures and for education, all they can concentrate now is on smoking bans! Feeding their money into every state to inact smoking bans.

Smoking Bans are Choking Our Economy!

3 posted on 06/14/2005 8:07:56 AM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: SheLion

What do these people want? The package to be black with a skull and bones on it with a label saying "Cancer"?


4 posted on 06/14/2005 8:09:03 AM PDT by MinstrelBoy (Calculus: The Fear of All Sums!)
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To: SheLion
We are boycotting them all. They are all liars!

But it's for your own good. And for the good of the peoples! [/sarcasm]
5 posted on 06/14/2005 8:10:53 AM PDT by Ticonderoga34
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To: SheLion

How do you boycott the American Cancer Society? Lace your home with asbestos and put UV lamps in all your light fixtures?


6 posted on 06/14/2005 8:11:02 AM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: MinstrelBoy
What do these people want? The package to be black with a skull and bones on it with a label saying "Cancer"?

That's probably another thing on their agenda.

They are so obsessed with people who smoke they can't see straight. And in the meantime, the cure for cancers is not being found.

Wonder why? Because they being so obsessed with banning smoking, they aren't using this money for nothing else.

7 posted on 06/14/2005 8:11:19 AM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: AntiGuv
How do you boycott the American Cancer Society? Lace your home with asbestos and put UV lamps in all your light fixtures?

Many of us have already started a boycott against them last month, by stopping all of our donations.

8 posted on 06/14/2005 8:12:37 AM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: AntiGuv
Smokers' rights groups boycotting cancer charities

Posted on 05/12/2005 5:03:38 AM EDT by SheLion

Smoking rights' groups, tavern owners and libertarian political parties in nine states are calling for a boycott of donations to major charities, saying their support of smoking bans is a threat to small businesses and civil rights.

"No more," says Audrey Silk, founder of NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, which is leading what appears to be the first-ever boycott of the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Heart Association.

"We will stop contributing to Big Nanny," she said. "Why do we want to donate to groups that are out to ruin our businesses and demean us as human beings?"

Smokers' and libertarian groups from Minnesota to Massachusetts are targeting the nonprofits for their political activities. The smokers' rights groups complain that the charities don't just support research and people afflicted with disease, but use their considerable lobbying power to help write smoking bans in states and municipalities.

Silk says her group gets no money from tobacco interests.

Silk targeted the American Cancer Society's radio and print advertising campaign in New Jersey, which calls on residents to urge their elected officials to pass an indoor smoking ban. Such bans hurt "mom-and-pop businesses and are intended to make pariahs out of adults engaging in a legal behavior," she said.

American Cancer Society national spokeswoman Colleen Wilber said she hasn't heard of such a boycott before. But she said the organization's lobbying efforts to support smoking bans to protect workers from secondhand smoke draw local opposition.

"We know people lose their lives to secondhand smoke and we see it as our obligation to protect those people from getting sick or dying," said Karen Becker, spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey, which supports New Jersey's proposed indoor smoking ban.

The boycott effort is supported by Silk's CLASH, the national Smokers Club Inc., Illinois Smokers' Rights group, Indiana Amusement & Music Operators Association, the Kentucky Licensed Beverage Association, the Metro Louisville Hospitality Coalition, the Cambridge Citizens For Smokers' Rights in Massachusetts, the Smoke Out Gary group based in Minneapolis, Minnesotans Against Smoking Bans, the Fight City Hall group of Minnesota, Taverners United for Fairness New York, the American Arborist of New York, the Madison County Chapter of the Independence Party Ohio, the Lakewood Hospitality Association of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Smokers Action Network and Tennessee's Yes S.I.R. group.

The groups are urging members and sympathizers to continue to donate to charities with similar goals including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mary Crowley Medical Research Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Shriners Hospital for Children as well as local medical charities.

 

So far these are the links it can be found at:
KY: http://www.wkyt.com/Global/story.asp?S=3333314

 

KY: http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/state/11624246.htm

 

ND: http://www.in-forum.com/ap/index.cfm?page=view&id=D8A1FCOG3

9 posted on 06/14/2005 8:14:58 AM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: SheLion

This is WONDERFUL news - I would like to see it happen more.


10 posted on 06/14/2005 8:16:42 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: MinstrelBoy
What do these people want? The package to be black with a skull and bones on it with a label saying "Cancer"?

That wouldn't help...we'd still smoke 'em!! No, what they want is total backdoor prohibition. Next after bars and bowling alleys are parks and sidewalks...then your car...then your apartment...eventually your house. They want to make smoking illegal, by making it illegal to find a place to smoke. And they have a lot of $$ behind their efforts. Even before they've dispatched with smoking, they're already onto fast foods and "fat taxes". Have some fun and google Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, John Banzhaf, or Stan Glantz. Find out about the efforts behind these bans, and the plans to "sue" to enact neo-prohibitionist legislation. fun stuff.

11 posted on 06/14/2005 8:17:29 AM PDT by Electrowoman
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To: Gabz
This is WONDERFUL news - I would like to see it happen more.

We've got to get the word out there, Gabz. These money grubbing groups have either got to be stopped or get back to the old days when they were working on cures.

God knows, the money they all receive should be used for that and not just bashing, banning and trashing people who choose to smoke a legal commodity.

12 posted on 06/14/2005 8:19:20 AM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: Electrowoman
That wouldn't help...we'd still smoke 'em!! No, what they want is total backdoor prohibition. Next after bars and bowling alleys are parks and sidewalks...then your car...then your apartment...eventually your house. They want to make smoking illegal, by making it illegal to find a place to smoke. And they have a lot of $$ behind their efforts. Even before they've dispatched with smoking, they're already onto fast foods and "fat taxes". Have some fun and google Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, John Banzhaf, or Stan Glantz. Find out about the efforts behind these bans, and the plans to "sue" to enact neo-prohibitionist legislation. fun stuff.

I'd LOVE for these groups to ban cigarette's outright across the United States.  Can you imagine the "ripple effect" this would have? LOL!

13 posted on 06/14/2005 8:21:24 AM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: SheLion
It's too bad no one's focusing on the real scandal in this story: the fact that a private organization has to clear it with the government before launching any kind of message campaign, if it might somehow influence the outcome of legislation.

The total-staters have definitely figured out the best way to get conservatives on board with their agenda: Make liberals their first victims. They know how well it worked with Martha Stewart.

14 posted on 06/14/2005 8:22:07 AM PDT by inquest (FTAA delenda est)
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To: inquest
It's too bad no one's focusing on the real scandal in this story: the fact that a private organization has to clear it with the government before launching any kind of message campaign, if it might somehow influence the outcome of legislation.

The total-staters have definitely figured out the best way to get conservatives on board with their agenda: Make liberals their first victims. They know how well it worked with Martha Stewart.

Let me get another cup of coffee and try to figure out what you just wrote to me.

 


15 posted on 06/14/2005 8:25:16 AM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: SheLion

Ah, OK. I don't really think of not contributing to a non-profit as boycotting it, but I get what you mean now.


16 posted on 06/14/2005 8:29:27 AM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: MinstrelBoy
What do these people want? The package to be black with a skull and bones on it with a label saying "Cancer"?

Nah, that would triple sales, especially among Goth types.

17 posted on 06/14/2005 8:32:42 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: inquest
It's too bad no one's focusing on the real scandal in this story: the fact that a private organization has to clear it with the government before launching any kind of message campaign, if it might somehow influence the outcome of legislation.

NO that is not the scandal - the scandal here is that these are TAX-Exempt organizations and many receive taxpayer money government grants. The real scandal is they are permitted to spend ANY money forcing any kind of legislation.

18 posted on 06/14/2005 8:36:04 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: SheLion
My mother died of cancer and my brother has beat prostate cancer twice. The ACS has gotten exactly zero from me.

They have no vested interest in curing cancer, anymore than the DEA has a vested interest in stopping the flow of illegal drugs.

If cancer goes away, so do their do nothing, propagandizing, no-heavy-lifting jobs.

19 posted on 06/14/2005 8:39:59 AM PDT by metesky (President; The People's Committee Against People's Committees)
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To: SheLion
I have not donated to them since they started diverting massive funds for political activism as opposed to cancer research.

Fraud is the word that comes to mind...lobbying paid for out of donations for research, and presented as "public education".

21 posted on 06/14/2005 8:43:48 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Grant no power to government you would not want your worst enemies to wield against you.)
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To: Gabz
The solution, then, is to do away with tax-exempt status altogether, not to use it as a way of controlling the political debate.
22 posted on 06/14/2005 8:44:58 AM PDT by inquest (FTAA delenda est)
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To: metesky
They have no vested interest in curing cancer, anymore than the DEA has a vested interest in stopping the flow of illegal drugs.

If cancer goes away, so do their do nothing, propagandizing, no-heavy-lifting jobs.

That's exactly it!!!!!  No more cancer, then they lose their cushy jobs and overstuffed wallets!  Makes me want to throw up with what they are doing with that money!



23 posted on 06/14/2005 8:45:11 AM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: AntiGuv

don't donate to the united way for one


25 posted on 06/14/2005 8:47:35 AM PDT by markman46
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To: inquest

That is a good start.....however, I do not believe these organizations should be doing any lobbying at all if they receive any money whatsoever from the taxpayers in any shape or form.


26 posted on 06/14/2005 8:47:39 AM PDT by Gabz (My give-a-damn is busted.)
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To: SheLion
SheLion, would you re-add me to your ping list? :) thanks!
27 posted on 06/14/2005 9:10:51 AM PDT by gidget7 (Get GLSEN out of our schools!!!!!!)
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To: SheLion

You are correct. I was the director of candlelighters. Parents of children who have/had cancer in Humboldt County. It was like pulling teeth for the cancer society to assist us in anything. Go down to your local cancer society ane all you see is non smoking ads. They are obsessed with it. I knew this all along. all they spend their money on is administration and non smoking ads.


28 posted on 06/14/2005 9:36:43 AM PDT by mzbzybee ((formerly, Beeline40 member since 3-20-1999))
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To: metesky

The cancer organization were 98% of all monies go to research patient assistance is the leukemia society.


29 posted on 06/14/2005 9:37:55 AM PDT by mzbzybee ((formerly, Beeline40 member since 3-20-1999))
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To: mzbzybee; SheLion

Thanks for your most informative post and thanks for the wonderful work you are doing.

I have not had any direct dealings with the ACS but your post enlightened me quite a bit.

Not one dime from me,not one dime!


30 posted on 06/14/2005 9:40:42 AM PDT by Mears (Keep the government out of my face!)
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To: inquest
"It's too bad no one's focusing on the real scandal in this story: the fact that a private organization has to clear it with the government before launching any kind of message campaign, if it might somehow influence the outcome of legislation."

Well said.

31 posted on 06/14/2005 9:45:51 AM PDT by tahiti
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To: SheLion
"We know people lose their lives to secondhand smoke and we see it as our obligation to protect those people from getting sick or dying," said Karen Becker, spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey, which supports New Jersey's proposed indoor smoking ban.

And they wonder why we're pissed off at them.

32 posted on 06/14/2005 10:19:23 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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SheLion, would you re-add me to your ping list? :) thanks!

You bet!!!! Gotcha added! :)

33 posted on 06/14/2005 11:01:13 AM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: Madame Dufarge
And they wonder why we're pissed off at them.

They are a bunch of bottom feeder low-lives! I can't stand any of them. And the United Way is another one!

34 posted on 06/14/2005 11:03:27 AM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: SheLion
In stead of using their donations for finding cures and for education, all they can concentrate now is on smoking bans!

Lets not ignore the salaries being paid to the pseudos heading up this questionable organization........

35 posted on 06/14/2005 5:57:59 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: SheLion
Back in the late 70's my mother eventually died from bone cancer. While she was in her last year of life, my stepfather asked for assistance from the ACS due to the fact they could not afford the $300 per week chemo therapy she needed. They got no response but hey, thats the way it goes......

Just like all these other alleged do-good foundations, the folks at the top are rolling in dough while the folks the fund was intended to help are still dying and exhausting their life savings.........

In my opinion, the American Cancer Society is the most over rated non-profit org in existence today..........

36 posted on 06/14/2005 6:21:13 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: SheLion

You're not alone-I read that post by inquest several times, and still haven't quite decided what the point was. Wish some folks would simplify.


37 posted on 06/14/2005 11:42:47 PM PDT by The Foolkiller ( Why......That sounds.....FOOLish!)
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To: inquest

Ok, 2nd comment was much better, but I doubt if it would stop the usual suspects, as they've got those millions they stole from the tobacco companies in the infamous settlement. Not quite sure if said monies would be effected, but they'll be able to find a way around it. And churches have been doing it for years.


38 posted on 06/14/2005 11:51:56 PM PDT by The Foolkiller ( Why......That sounds.....FOOLish!)
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To: Hot Tabasco
What P.M. Off is that any tax free donation that goes to any charity forces me and you to pay more taxes to make up for that the donater didn't have to p[ay.
39 posted on 06/15/2005 12:06:32 AM PDT by dubl-00
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