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Philip Morris and the Manhattan Institute

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This "confidential" March 22, 1994, "Tobacco Strategy Review" from the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library outlines the role of Betsy McCaughey's then-patron, the Manhattan Institute, in Philip Morris' campaign to torpedo the Clinton health care reform, which was to have been funded in part by a new tax on tobacco products.

The document outlines the tobacco giant's "current approach":

— The strategy is to, at each stage, build support for reducing the size and scope of the health care plan thereby reducing the need for funding at the levels suggested by the Administration.

And it lists Philip Morris' mercenaries in the fight:

— Third Party support is important. We provide assistance to Citizens for a Sound Economy, Center for Policy Analysis, Manhattan Institute and numerous other organizations.

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