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Exposing Current Tobacco Industry Lobbying, Contributions, Meals, and Gifts


Oct 28, 2021 11:44 AM

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Doug Matheny
Programs Manager, State and Local Policy @TSET Health Promotion Research Center University of Oklahoma Stephenson Cancer Center
Doug Matheny served as Chief of the Tobacco Use Prevention Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health from 1994 to 2011. In 2012, he launched tobacccomoney.com, a voluntary effort to help expose decades of tobacco industry interference in the Oklahoma State Legislature. Since 2015, he has served as Programs Manager for State and Local Policy at the TSET Health Promotion Research Center, conducting and disseminating survey-based research on awareness of tobacco industry interference in lawmaking and the ongoing federal racketeering case against tobacco companies. He has also collaborated with the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents library to expand and enhance a collection of internal documents highlighting state-specific examples of tobacco industry interference, including existing laws written by tobacco lobbyists.
Gabrielle Ballweg
Human Rights Policy and Communications Intern @Action on Smoking and Health
Gabrielle Ballweg served as the Human Rights Policy and Communications Intern at Action on Smoking and Health, where she primarily assisted with ASH’s research on tobacco and human rights. She was the lead researcher for the 2021 U.S. Tobacco Industry Interference Index and maintained ASH’s Tobacco and Human Rights Hub. Gabrielle represented ASH at conferences and on social media. She has also been published by Tobacco Induced Diseases. Previously, Gabrielle served as a Project Supervisor with Amigos de las Américas in the Dominican Republic, where she collaborated with PLAN International to promote the rights of women and girls through youth engagement and community service. She also works at the Wisconsin Community Health Fund as the Latinx Community Health Outreach Coordinator, building a community health network and researching local health needs. Gabrielle earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Biology and Political Science.
Beth Rotman
National Director of Money in Politics & Ethics @Common Cause
Beth Rotman is the National Director of Money in Politics & Ethics at Common Cause, where she advocates for pro-democracy reforms that break down barriers to participation and re-build trust in our government. Beth led the implementation and oversight of the country’s most sweeping democracy reform program, the Connecticut Citizens’ Election Program, which set the standard for sweeping state-wide campaign finance reform and inspires hope for change across the country. She also served as the Deputy General Counsel of the New York City Campaign Finance Board and a law clerk for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Duke University. Beth’s recent analysis of the landmark Citizens’ Election Program offers research and insight as to how we can shift the balance of power back to the people across our nation.