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Killer Koch Brothers and Competitive Enterprise Institute google linkages

"Killer Koch Brothers" and "Competitive Enterprise Institute" google linkages


To first read the Killer Koch Dossier:


  http://www.jimarnoldassociates.com/news_09_24_02.html

  http://www.motherjones.com/news/special_reports/mojo_400/51_koch.html

  http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/11/27/60II/printable252545.shtml





http://www.prwatch.org/improp/cei.html


Competitive Enterprise Institute



CEI calls itself "a non-profit, non-partisan research and advocacy institute dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government."... It postures as an advocate of "sound science" in the development of public policy. In fact, it is an ideologically-driven, well-funded front for corporations opposed to safety and environmental regulations that affect the way they do business....



CEI does not publish a list of its institutional donors, but the following companies and foundations are known to have given $10,000 or more:



   * Amoco Foundation, Inc.

   * Carthage Foundation


   * Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation

   * David H. Koch Charitable Foundation

   * Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation

   * Philip Morris Companies, Inc.


   * Pfizer Inc.

   * Sarah Scaife Foundation

   * Texaco, Inc.

   * Texaco Foundation



Other known CEI funders include:



   * American Petroleum Institute

   * ARCO Foundation

   * Dow Chemical




http://www.cei.org/2003dinner/pages/CEI068.htm


http://www.cei.org/2003dinner/pages/CEI069.htm



House Majority Leader Tom DeLay shares a word with Koch Industries’ Tom Pyle at CEI’s 9th Annual Dinner.




http://www.cei.org/dyn/view_bio.cfm/212



Hanah Metchis is a Research Analyst with CEI’s Project on Technology and Innovation. Her policy career began at CEI with a Koch Summer Fellowship. Before joining CEI, she worked as a technical writer in Houston, Texas. Her work has been cited by National Journal’s Tech Daily, Washington Internet Daily, and CNSNews.com, among other outlets.




http://www.cei.org/gencon/004,01163.cfm



James M. Sheehan (jsheehan@cei.org) is deputy director of environmental studies at CEI and is the author of Global Greens: Inside the International Environmental Establishment, a forthcoming book from the Capital Research Center. The accompanying tables were compiled with the assistance of Ilya Shapiro, Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow at CEI.




http://www.cei.org/dyn/view_bio.cfm/160



While at USC, Ms. Freeman wrote for The State newspaper in Columbia, SC, was a columnist for the university newspaper, and editor of the school magazine. She worked one summer as a Koch Fellow at the Cato Institute.




http://www.cei.org/2003dinner/pages/CEI075.htm



Competitive Enterprise Institute President Fred L. Smith, Jr. with Congressman DeLay staffer Jack Victory and Koch Industries' Tom Pyle at CEI's 9th Annual Dinner.




http://www.ewg.org/pub/home/clear/by_clear/cleanair.html




Competitive Enterprise Institute



Founded in 1984 by disillusioned liberal Fred Smith, Jr., The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is a Washington-based free-market think tank whose research on public policy reflects the principles of free enterprise, individual liberty and limited government. CEI was one of the sponsors of the first "wise use" movement conference in 1988 and are network members of The Heritage Foundation, Get Government Off Our Backs, Alliance for America, and the Grassroots ESA Coalition.



One of CEI's prominent funders is conservative philanthropist Richard Mellon Scaife, who has provided money to a host of right wing policy organizations through his network of philanthropic foundations. CEI Corporate funding comes from dozens of major corporations, including Amoco, ARCO, Dow, CSX Corp, Ford Motor Co, Pfizer, Philip Morris and Texaco, as well a several prominent conservative philanthropic foundations, including the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Bradley Foundation, the CHARLES G. KOCH FOUNDATION AND THE DAVID H. KOCH CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.



http://www.cleanairtrust.org/villain.0503.html




(Washington, D.C.) - The nonprofit Clean Air Trust today named Competitive Enterprise Institute "adjunct scholar" Joel Schwartz the "clean air villain of the month" for May 2003.



The award comes as the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) prepares this evening to host House Majority Leader Tom DeLay at CEI's annual dinner. DeLay, like CEI, has opposed crucial clean-air safeguards. And, like CEI, DeLay receives huge sums of money from big polluters....



2 Specific sources of money for CEI that we have been able to trace include Exxon Mobil Corporation, ExxonMobil Foundation, Shell Oil Company Foundation, KOCH CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, General Motors Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund, Scaife Foundation, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Casey Foundation, Davis Foundation, Earhart Foundation, JM Foundation and USAA Foundation.




http://www.commonwealinstitute.org/reports/tort/Appendix2.html



This is a look at a portion of one individual's tort-reform work, to demonstrate how interconnectedness leverages the work of individuals and organizations tied to the right-wing movement.



Michael I. Krauss, Professor of Law, George Mason University is author of "Tort Reform, CATO Institute's Handbook for 107th Congress, 2001." [69] Other tort reform publications at Cato include "Restoring the Boundary: Tort Law and the Right to Contract." [70] George Mason University is covered in detail elsewhere in this report, and receives funding from the Scaife, Bradley, Koch, Earhart, Olin and Coors foundations. [71] Cato, also discussed elsewhere in this report, receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Koch, Earhart, Olin and Coors. [72]...



... a member of the adjunct faculty of the Institute for Justice, which receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Koch, Olin and Coors; [76]  on the Board of Governors of the National Association of Scholars, which receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Olin and Coors. [77]  His "Past Employment and Service" lists the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Koch and Coors. [78]



...Krauss has made various presentations [79]  to the Federalist Society, which receives funding from Scaife, Bradley, Koch, Olin and Coors. [80]



...Krauss' tort reform paper, "Tort Law, Moral Accountability and Efficiency," ("Most people agree that today's Tort law discourages personal responsibility,") was published in Markets & Morality, a publication of the Acton Institute for The Study of Religion and Liberty, [84]  which receives funding from Bradley, Koch and Coors. [85]



...Krauss' paper, "Smoke and Fire: Government Recoupment Suits and the Rule of Law," was published by the Independent Institute, [86]  which receives funding from Koch and Olin. [87]



...Krauss' paper, "Today's Tort Suits Are Stranger Than Fiction" [91]  appeared in the publication Virginia Viewpoint, published by Virginia Institute  for Public Policy, which receives funding from Coors, Koch, [92]  and managed by the former President of Cato Institute.





http://www.opensecrets.org/newsletter/ce45/ce45.01.htm



Two representatives from Koch Industries, the Kansas-based oil conglomerate headed by David H. Koch, are among the task force's 67 private sector representatives. Though Koch Industries' task force presence is by no means remarkable, David Koch's ties to the task force's advisers are.



Task force advisers are "typically folks from academia or from think tanks," says Scott Spendlove, an ALEC spokesman. "Advisers have more of an expert standing in the field and tend to know more about the issues than the private sector representatives. They provide comments and give presentations at the task force meetings in order to move the debate along. They basically provide the expertise that the task force members may lack."



Advisers are not voting members of the task forces but they clearly shape discussions. Of the 16 Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Task Force advisers, Koch has clear ties to seven:



s Citizens for a Sound Economy, the free-market oriented think tank chaired and largely funded by Koch, has two task force advisers.



s The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank that gets substantial contributions from the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation, has one task force adviser.



s The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free-market oriented think tank that receives substantial contributions from the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation, has three task force advisers, including one whose resume lists a stint as an economist at Citizens for a Sound Economy.



s The National Center for Policy Analysis, a Texas-based think tank that gets most of its funding from the Koch Family Foundation, has one task force member.



The influence that Koch seems to enjoy with the task force doesn't stop with the advisers. In 1995, Chisum founded his own think tank, the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI). The TCCRI, which seeks to persuade legislators that environmental problems are best solved by the private sector, receives much of its funding from Koch Industries. In January 1997, TCCRI and the Competitive Enterprise Institute cosponsored a symposium on water policy in Austin, Texas.



KOCHPAC, Koch Industries' political action committee, contributed $500 to Chisum on Dec. 9, 1996, according to campaign finance reports filed on Jan. 15, 1997.





http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/1999/9911.callahan.think.html



The campaign against the 1997 Kyoto global warming treaty waged by right-wing think tanks has been another area where corporate America has heavily invested in right-wing policy groups that advance its interest. The Competitive Enterprise Institute has been a particularly aggressive advocate of the notion that global warming is a "theory not a fact." Since 1991, CEI's budget has grown from less than $1 million to over $4 million.



Perhaps no conservative policy group works more closely with private industry than Citizens for a Sound Economy. With a board composed almost entirely of corporate leaders, and most of its funding coming from business, CSE is essentially a think tank and advocacy organization for corporate America, regularly tailoring its policy campaigns to suit the needs of its donors. The Koch family, which owns an energy conglomerate and has major interests at stake in Congress, is one of CSE's largest contributors, funneling as much $1 million a year into CSE's coffers, both through Koch-controlled foundations and direct gifts. Contributions from numerous other corporations and industry groups have helped make CSE one of the fastest growing policy institutions in Washington. In 1996, CSE spent up to $5 million in a vigorous fight to roll back environmental legislation, concentrating fire on the EPA's Superfund, among other targets. More recently, CSE has joined the battle against the Kyoto treaty, helped lead the fight against the Microsoft anti-trust prosecution, and launched a number of other anti-regulatory campaigns in the areas of liability law, technology, and health care. Despite being funded almost exclusively by corporations, CSE has had surprising success at positioning itself as the grassroots voice of an anti-regulatory American public.





http://www.tompaine.com/feature.cfm?ID=4010



The Competitive Enterprise Institute, backed by major oil companies, claims that "thousands of scientists agree there's no solid evidence of a global-warming problem." It boasts of media hits in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour," "Good Morning America," and "Larry King Live". CEI's activities include a "Death by Regulation" project aimed at "shifting the policy debate" about environmental regulations by making the argument that "government intervention carries its own deadly consequences."



...During the peak of the PR campaign against EPA's secondhand smoke report, CEI cranked out opinion articles for major newspapers with titles such as "A Smoking Gun Firing Blanks," "EPA's Bad Science Mars ETS Report," and "Safety Is a Relative Thing for Cars; Why Not for Cigarettes?" CEI funders include the American Petroleum Institute, Amoco, ARCO Foundation,  CARTHAGE FOUNDATION, CHARLES C. KOCH CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, CLAUDE R. LAMBE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, DAVID H. KOCH CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Pfizer Inc., Philip Morris Companies, Sarah Scaife Foundation, and Texaco Foundation.





 

AgBioWorld "Competitive Enterprise Institute" google linkages






http://www.cei.org/gencon/019,03005.cfm



Needless restrictions on agricultural biotechnology would harm the world's ability to battle hunger in the 21st century, say Gregory Conko and C.S. Prakash, co-founders of the AgBioWorld Foundation. They say that the concerns of anti-biotechnology campaigners simply are not supported by the scores of peer-reviewed scientific reports or data from tens of thousands of field trials.



The AgBioWorld Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides information to the general public about developments in plant science, biotechnology, and sustainable agriculture.





http://www.cei.org/dyn/view_bio.cfm/3



Gregory Conko is a Policy Analyst and Director of Food Safety Policy with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, DC-based public interest group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government, where he specializes in issues of food and pharmaceutical drug safety regulation, and on the general treatment of health risks in public policy. Mr. Conko is particularly interested in the debate over the safety of genetically engineered foods and the application of the Precautionary Principle to domestic and international environmental and safety regulations....



...Mr. Conko is also the Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of the AgBioWorld Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization he co-founded with Tuskegee University plant genetics professor C.S. Prakash. The AgBioWorld Foundation provides information to teachers, journalists, policymakers, and the general public about developments in plant science, biotechnology, and sustainable agriculture.





http://www.cei.org/pages/links.cfm



If you like the content featured on the Competitive Enterprise Institute's website, we recommend that you visit some of the following sites.



Africa Fighting Malaria

AgBioWorld Community...





http://www.cei.org/gencon/003,02593.cfm



Dr. Prakash recently drafted a "Declaration of Scientists in Support of Agricultural Biotechnology," which has garnered the signatures of more than 2,000 scientists from around the world, including Nobel Prize winners James Watson and Norman Borlaug. The text of the Declaration and a list of signatories can be viewed at http://www/AgBioWorld.org, a web-site established by Dr. Prakash to share scientific information with policymakers, reporters, and members of the public.



AgBioWorld.org is supported and maintained by C.S. Prakash, Director of the Center for Plant Biotechnology Research at Tuskegee University. For more information about the Open Letter or the Scientists Declaration, contact Dr. Prakash or Gregory Conko, Director of Food Safety Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: 1 (202) 331-1010.





http://www.cei.org/dyn/experts_by_issue.cfm?category=14



CEI Expert Profile: Gregory Conko

Gregory Conko is a Policy Analyst and Director of Food Safety Policy with the Competitive Enterprise Institute where he specializes in issues of food and pharmaceutical drug safety regulation, and on the general treatment of health risks in public policy. Mr. Conko is particularly interested in the debate over the safety of genetically engineered foods and the application of the Precautionary Principle to domestic and international environmental and safety regulations. He frequently participates in international meetings on food safety and trade as a credentialed Non-Governmental Organization representative.




http://www.cei.org/dyn/experts_by_issue.cfm?category=36



CEI Expert Profile: C.S. Prakash

C.S. Prakash is professor of pant genetics at Tuskeegee University in Alabama, and a co-founder of the AgBioWorld Foundation. MORE>>




http://www.cei.org/gencon/019,03087.cfm



Gregory Conko is Director of Food Safety Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, and C.S. Prakash is Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics at Tuskegee University in Alabama. The authors are co-founders of the AgBioWorld Foundation, based in Auburn, Alabama.





http://www.cei.org/utils/printer.cfm?AID=3005



Needless restrictions on agricultural biotechnology would harm the world's ability to battle hunger in the 21st century, say Gregory Conko and C.S. Prakash, co-founders of the AgBioWorld Foundation. They say that the concerns of anti-biotechnology campaigners simply are not supported by the scores of peer-reviewed scientific reports or data from tens of thousands of field trials.



The AgBioWorld Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides information to the general public about developments in plant science, biotechnology, and sustainable agriculture.





http://ngin.tripod.com/060302d.htm



PRAKASH ADMITS AgBioWorld BASTARD CHILD OF "WELL-FUNDED FRONT FOR CORPORATIONS"



In 'Part of the Network: How Prof CS Prakash and his AgBioWorld campaign are part of a network of pro-corporate extremists' (first published as an article in SPLICE, Vol. 7, Issue 6), NGIN first exposed how, since it's very inception, C. S. Prakash's AgBioWorld campaign had been tied into the Competitive Enterprise Institute - a rightwing thinktank funded by the likes of Philip Morris and Dow Chemicals and notorious for its extreme pro-corporate agenda.


http://www.prwatch.org/improp/cei.html



In the article we exposed how the Prakash petition, AgBioWorld's launch pad, which had always been presented as a Third World scientist's rallying point for fellow academics, actually formed part of the Competitive Enterprise Institute's wider campaign against "death by regulation" - the same CEI campaign that has encouraged smoking as a political rejection of government education programmes because, according to the CEI, "there are things more valuable than health"!

http://members.tripod.com/~ngin/freesociety.htm



Now, in the very thick of the attacks on Ignacio Chapela, Prakash has quietly gone public on AgBioWorld's CEI connection. A footnote at the end of an AgBioWorld press release, "Report of Transgenes in Mexican Corn Called Into Question" attributed to:


- Gregory Conko, Competitive Enterprise Institute , Washington DC;

conko@cei.org

- C. S. Prakash, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL; prakash@tusk.edu

states, "Prakash and Conko are co-founders of the AgBioWorld Foundation

(http://www.AgBioWorld.org)".


[ISB News Report, March 2002;

http://www.isb.vt.edu/news/2002/news02.mar.html#mar0202]




http://ngin.tripod.com/180502b.htm



AGBIOVIEW: HELP! HOW YOU CAN HELP AGBIOVIEW TO CONTINUE...



AgBioWorld's tangled web begins to fray



Without Monsanto's PR company running the show for him, poor old CS Prakash is having to pass round the begging bowl - see below.



Prakash, in his first public reference to the controversy that has engulfed AgBioWorld, states, "Despite certain misinformation being spread around, AgBioWorld Foundation receives no corporate funding."



But then nobody said Monsanto's PR operatives were actually putting money into AgBioWorld's pocket - just designing the website, archiving the list, making it available off their server, providing critical content... (Curiously, pretty much all the things Prakash suddenly needs money to do!)



Nobody ever doubted that Prakash and his 'friends' (such as AgBioWorld's co-founders, the Competitive Enterprise Institute*) have been doing the rest.



For more on who's really behind AgBioWorld, and on the dirty tricks campaign it forms part of, see:



Monsanto's World Wide Web of Deceit (multiple items)

http://ngin.tripod.com/deceit_index.html

or

http://www.biotech-info.net/costs.html#PRnews



Also:


*Part of the Network

How CS Prakash and his AgBioWorld campaign are part of a network of pro-corporate extremists

Article first published in SPLICE, Vol. 7, Issue 6

http://ngin.tripod.com/freesociety.htm



PRAKASH ADMITS AgBioWorld BASTARD CHILD OF "WELL-FUNDED FRONT FOR CORPORATIONS"


http://ngin.tripod.com/060302d.htm




http://ngin.tripod.com/161002b.htm



*Gregory Conko who's described as "Policy Analyst and Director of Food

Safety Policy, Competitive Enterprise Institute"



The Competitive Enterprise Institute is described by PR Watch as "a well funded corporate front". GM company Dow Chemicals is amongst its corporate donors. Its attitude to GM food aid could be seen in the context of its "death by regulation" campaign which has been directed against not only against any regulation of GM foods but against government efforts to discourage smoking. According to the CEI, "there are things more valuable than health". Tobacco giant Philip Morris is another notable CEI sponsor.

http://www.prwatch.org/improp/cei.html




http://ngin.tripod.com/pantsoftheyearaward.htm



Such lies and smears are far from the full extent of the Prakash fraud, however. Take Prof Prakash’s "AgBioWorld Foundation". Prakash presents this as a mainstream science campaign, in support of "agbiotech", that has "emerged from academic roots and values" and which eschews corporate support. The centre piece of AgBioWorld's campaign is Prakash’s petition supporting the "judicious" use of genetically engineered crops in the developing world. This declaration has always been presented by Prakash as a Third World scientist's rallying point for fellow academics. But according to the annual report of the Competitive Enterpise Institute (2000), the petition formed a key part of the CEI's much wider campaign against "death by regulation"!



Recently, Prakash has been more open about the fact that Greg Conko of the CEI was a "co-founder" of his campaign. The midwifery of an organisation described by PR Watch as "a well funded corporate front", and which opposes restrictions on smoking just as vociferously as it does those on GM foods, sits a little oddly with Prakash's claims of AgBioWorld's "academic roots and values"!




http://ngin.tripod.com/020103b.htm



On biotech Dow says:

" We are participating in the dialogue and working to understand and address people's honest concerns about such topics as labeling and biodiversity."

http://www.dow.com/environment/debate/d2.html

That's somewhat hard to relate to Dow???s funding of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the industry front group that co-founded AgBioWorld which is notorious for its smear campaigns against scientists and others with "concerns about such topics as labeling and biodiversity."



[For more on Dow see the COMPANY NEWS section of GMWATCH 5. On Dow and AgBioWorld see http://ngin.tripod.com/freesociety.htm]




http://ngin.tripod.com/251102a.htm



Avery's claims on organic are so ludicrous that even Greg Conko of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the co-founder of AgBioWorld, has criticised his grasp of statistics. Conko told Avery on Prakash's pro-GM list, AgBioView, that the extreme selectivity of Avery's statistics on killer organics, "doesn't seem to be convincing anybody who doesn't already have a predilection to believe you in the first place".


http://www.sare.org/htdocs/hypermail/html-home/42-html/0476.html




http://www.monbiot.com/dsp_article.cfm?article_id=515



Bivings is the secret author of several of the websites and bogus citizens' movements which have been coordinating campaigns against environmentalists. One is a fake scientific institute called the "Centre for Food and Agricultural Research". Bivings has also set up the "Alliance for Environmental Technology", a chlorine industry lobby group. Most importantly, Bivings appears to be connected with AgBioWorld, the genuine website run by CS Prakash, a plant geneticist at Tuskegee University, Alabama.



AgBioWorld is perhaps the most influential biotech site on the web. Every day it carries new postings about how GM crops will feed the world, new denunciations of the science which casts doubt on them and new attacks on environmentalists. It was here that the fake persuaders invented by Bivings launched their assault on the Nature paper. AgBioWorld then drew up a petition to have the paper retracted.



Prakash claims to have no links with Bivings but, as the previous article showed, an error message on his site suggests that it is or was using the main server of the Bivings Group. Jonathan Matthews, who found the message, commissioned a full technical audit of AgBioWorld. His web expert has now found 11 distinctive technical fingerprints shared by AgBioWorld and Bivings's Alliance for Environmental Technology site. The sites appear, he concludes, to have been created by the same programmer.



Though he lives and works in the United States, CS Prakash claims to represent the people of the third world. But he set up AgBioWorld with Greg Conko of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the far-right libertarian lobby group funded by such companies as Philip Morris, Pfizer and Dow Chemical. Conko has collaborated with Matthew Metz, one of the authors of the scientific letters to Nature seeking to demolish the maize paper, to produce a highly partisan guide to biotechnology on the AgBioWorld site. The Competitive Enterprise Institute boasts that it "played a key role in the creation" of a petition of scientists supporting biotech (ostensibly to feed the third world) launched by Prakash. Unaware that it had been devised by a corporate lobby group, 3,000 scientists, three Nobel laureates among them, signed up.





http://www.gene-watch.org/genewatch/articles/16-2matthews.html



...But if anyone deserved the cow dung it was Giddings, for almost every element of this spectacle was framed so as to deceive. Take, Chengal Reddy. Reddy is not a poor farmer, nor even the representative of poor farmers. He is a politician who has on occasion admitted to never having farmed in his life. His “Indian Farmers Federation” is a lobby for big commercial farmers in Andhra Pradesh, where his family is a prominent right-wing political force — his father having coined the saying, “There is only one thing that Dalits [untouchables] are good for, and that is being kicked.”



If it seems doubtful that Reddy was in Johannesburg to help the poor speak for themselves, the identity of the march organizers is also not a source of confidence. Although the London Times ran an admiring commentary on the march under the headline, “I Do Not Need White NGOs to Speak for Me,” the media contact on the organizers’ press release was Kendra Okonski, the daughter of a U.S. lumber industrialist. Okonski has worked for a variety of anti-regulatory NGOs, including the ultra-right Competitive Enterprise Institute, all funded and directed, needless to say, by “whites.” Okonski also runs Counterprotest.net, a website devoted to helping pro-corporate lobbyists take to the streets in mimicry of popular protesters.



Given this, it hardly needs saying that the “Bullshit Award” was far from the imaginative riposte of impoverished farmers that Giddings suggests. Rather, it was the creation of another right-wing pressure group. Based in New Delhi and well known for its fervent support of deregulation, GM crops and Big Tobacco, the Liberty Institute is part of the same coalition that organized the rally — the deceptively named Sustainable Development Network. In London, the SDN shares offices, along with many of its key personnel — including Okonski — with the International Policy Network, a group whose Washington address happens to be that of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. ...



... Still more revealing, though, is the fact that Giddings’ denunciation of the Berkeley scientists was almost identical to the attacks which launched the campaign against them on the very day of the research’s publication. In an article about the Mexican maize controversy, the journal Science described how “widely circulating anonymous e-mails” accused Chapela and Quist of “conflicts of interest and other misdeeds”. Those e-mails surfaced first on the listserv of AgBioWorld, a pro-biotech group co-founded by Greg Conko of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and one C.S. Prakash, who edits AgBioView, an email list in which GM critics have been compared to Hitler and the 9/11 terrorists.



AgBioWorld prominently circulated emails from a “Mary Murphy” and an “Andura Smetacek” that claimed Dr. Chapela was an “activist first” and a “scientist second,” and that he colluded in attacks on “biotechnology, free-trade, intellectual property rights and other politically motivated agenda items.” Smetacek even insinuated that Chapela had actually designed his research in collusion with “fear-mongering activists.” On top of that, Smetacek wanted to know how much money Chapela was getting in “expenses” from the anti-biotech “industry.”



Although the internet is an easy place to launch such inflammatory attacks from Hotmail-type addresses, it is also a place where, without meticulous care, the details of identity can be surprisingly easy to track.



In July 2000 a “Mary Murphy” posted a fake Associated Press article on the message board of foxbghsuit.com, a website dedicated to a legal case connected to Monsanto’s genetically engineered cattle drug rBGH. The Hotmail reply address given matches that of Chapela’s attacker; however, Murphy is also identified as bw6@bivwood.com — the domain name of The Bivings Group, an internet PR employed by Monsanto.



The e-mail headers of “Andura Smetacek” are still more startling. In her earliest emails, Smetacek presented herself to the AgBioView list as a concerned observer of the GM debate writing from London. However, the Internet Protocol address on those messages is 199.89.234.124 — numbers assigned to Monsanto’s headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. ...



 

AgBioWorld "Competitive Enterprise Institute" google linkages






http://www.cei.org/gencon/019,03005.cfm



Needless restrictions on agricultural biotechnology would harm the world's ability to battle hunger in the 21st century, say Gregory Conko and C.S. Prakash, co-founders of the AgBioWorld Foundation. They say that the concerns of anti-biotechnology campaigners simply are not supported by the scores of peer-reviewed scientific reports or data from tens of thousands of field trials.



The AgBioWorld Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides information to the general public about developments in plant science, biotechnology, and sustainable agriculture.





http://www.cei.org/dyn/view_bio.cfm/3



Gregory Conko is a Policy Analyst and Director of Food Safety Policy with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, DC-based public interest group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government, where he specializes in issues of food and pharmaceutical drug safety regulation, and on the general treatment of health risks in public policy. Mr. Conko is particularly interested in the debate over the safety of genetically engineered foods and the application of the Precautionary Principle to domestic and international environmental and safety regulations....



...Mr. Conko is also the Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of the AgBioWorld Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization he co-founded with Tuskegee University plant genetics professor C.S. Prakash. The AgBioWorld Foundation provides information to teachers, journalists, policymakers, and the general public about developments in plant science, biotechnology, and sustainable agriculture.





http://www.cei.org/pages/links.cfm



If you like the content featured on the Competitive Enterprise Institute's website, we recommend that you visit some of the following sites.



Africa Fighting Malaria

AgBioWorld Community...





http://www.cei.org/gencon/003,02593.cfm



Dr. Prakash recently drafted a "Declaration of Scientists in Support of Agricultural Biotechnology," which has garnered the signatures of more than 2,000 scientists from around the world, including Nobel Prize winners James Watson and Norman Borlaug. The text of the Declaration and a list of signatories can be viewed at http://www/AgBioWorld.org, a web-site established by Dr. Prakash to share scientific information with policymakers, reporters, and members of the public.



AgBioWorld.org is supported and maintained by C.S. Prakash, Director of the Center for Plant Biotechnology Research at Tuskegee University. For more information about the Open Letter or the Scientists Declaration, contact Dr. Prakash or Gregory Conko, Director of Food Safety Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: 1 (202) 331-1010.





http://www.cei.org/dyn/experts_by_issue.cfm?category=14



CEI Expert Profile: Gregory Conko

Gregory Conko is a Policy Analyst and Director of Food Safety Policy with the Competitive Enterprise Institute where he specializes in issues of food and pharmaceutical drug safety regulation, and on the general treatment of health risks in public policy. Mr. Conko is particularly interested in the debate over the safety of genetically engineered foods and the application of the Precautionary Principle to domestic and international environmental and safety regulations. He frequently participates in international meetings on food safety and trade as a credentialed Non-Governmental Organization representative.




http://www.cei.org/dyn/experts_by_issue.cfm?category=36



CEI Expert Profile: C.S. Prakash

C.S. Prakash is professor of pant genetics at Tuskeegee University in Alabama, and a co-founder of the AgBioWorld Foundation. MORE>>




http://www.cei.org/gencon/019,03087.cfm



Gregory Conko is Director of Food Safety Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, and C.S. Prakash is Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics at Tuskegee University in Alabama. The authors are co-founders of the AgBioWorld Foundation, based in Auburn, Alabama.





http://www.cei.org/utils/printer.cfm?AID=3005



Needless restrictions on agricultural biotechnology would harm the world's ability to battle hunger in the 21st century, say Gregory Conko and C.S. Prakash, co-founders of the AgBioWorld Foundation. They say that the concerns of anti-biotechnology campaigners simply are not supported by the scores of peer-reviewed scientific reports or data from tens of thousands of field trials.



The AgBioWorld Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides information to the general public about developments in plant science, biotechnology, and sustainable agriculture.





http://ngin.tripod.com/060302d.htm



PRAKASH ADMITS AgBioWorld BASTARD CHILD OF "WELL-FUNDED FRONT FOR CORPORATIONS"



In 'Part of the Network: How Prof CS Prakash and his AgBioWorld campaign are part of a network of pro-corporate extremists' (first published as an article in SPLICE, Vol. 7, Issue 6), NGIN first exposed how, since it's very inception, C. S. Prakash's AgBioWorld campaign had been tied into the Competitive Enterprise Institute - a rightwing thinktank funded by the likes of Philip Morris and Dow Chemicals and notorious for its extreme pro-corporate agenda.


http://www.prwatch.org/improp/cei.html



In the article we exposed how the Prakash petition, AgBioWorld's launch pad, which had always been presented as a Third World scientist's rallying point for fellow academics, actually formed part of the Competitive Enterprise Institute's wider campaign against "death by regulation" - the same CEI campaign that has encouraged smoking as a political rejection of government education programmes because, according to the CEI, "there are things more valuable than health"!

http://members.tripod.com/~ngin/freesociety.htm



Now, in the very thick of the attacks on Ignacio Chapela, Prakash has quietly gone public on AgBioWorld's CEI connection. A footnote at the end of an AgBioWorld press release, "Report of Transgenes in Mexican Corn Called Into Question" attributed to:


- Gregory Conko, Competitive Enterprise Institute , Washington DC;

conko@cei.org

- C. S. Prakash, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL; prakash@tusk.edu

states, "Prakash and Conko are co-founders of the AgBioWorld Foundation

(http://www.AgBioWorld.org)".


[ISB News Report, March 2002;

http://www.isb.vt.edu/news/2002/news02.mar.html#mar0202]




http://ngin.tripod.com/180502b.htm



AGBIOVIEW: HELP! HOW YOU CAN HELP AGBIOVIEW TO CONTINUE...



AgBioWorld's tangled web begins to fray



Without Monsanto's PR company running the show for him, poor old CS Prakash is having to pass round the begging bowl - see below.



Prakash, in his first public reference to the controversy that has engulfed AgBioWorld, states, "Despite certain misinformation being spread around, AgBioWorld Foundation receives no corporate funding."



But then nobody said Monsanto's PR operatives were actually putting money into AgBioWorld's pocket - just designing the website, archiving the list, making it available off their server, providing critical content... (Curiously, pretty much all the things Prakash suddenly needs money to do!)



Nobody ever doubted that Prakash and his 'friends' (such as AgBioWorld's co-founders, the Competitive Enterprise Institute*) have been doing the rest.



For more on who's really behind AgBioWorld, and on the dirty tricks campaign it forms part of, see:



Monsanto's World Wide Web of Deceit (multiple items)

http://ngin.tripod.com/deceit_index.html

or

http://www.biotech-info.net/costs.html#PRnews



Also:


*Part of the Network

How CS Prakash and his AgBioWorld campaign are part of a network of pro-corporate extremists

Article first published in SPLICE, Vol. 7, Issue 6

http://ngin.tripod.com/freesociety.htm



PRAKASH ADMITS AgBioWorld BASTARD CHILD OF "WELL-FUNDED FRONT FOR CORPORATIONS"


http://ngin.tripod.com/060302d.htm




http://ngin.tripod.com/161002b.htm



*Gregory Conko who's described as "Policy Analyst and Director of Food

Safety Policy, Competitive Enterprise Institute"



The Competitive Enterprise Institute is described by PR Watch as "a well funded corporate front". GM company Dow Chemicals is amongst its corporate donors. Its attitude to GM food aid could be seen in the context of its "death by regulation" campaign which has been directed against not only against any regulation of GM foods but against government efforts to discourage smoking. According to the CEI, "there are things more valuable than health". Tobacco giant Philip Morris is another notable CEI sponsor.

http://www.prwatch.org/improp/cei.html




http://ngin.tripod.com/pantsoftheyearaward.htm



Such lies and smears are far from the full extent of the Prakash fraud, however. Take Prof Prakash’s "AgBioWorld Foundation". Prakash presents this as a mainstream science campaign, in support of "agbiotech", that has "emerged from academic roots and values" and which eschews corporate support. The centre piece of AgBioWorld's campaign is Prakash’s petition supporting the "judicious" use of genetically engineered crops in the developing world. This declaration has always been presented by Prakash as a Third World scientist's rallying point for fellow academics. But according to the annual report of the Competitive Enterpise Institute (2000), the petition formed a key part of the CEI's much wider campaign against "death by regulation"!



Recently, Prakash has been more open about the fact that Greg Conko of the CEI was a "co-founder" of his campaign. The midwifery of an organisation described by PR Watch as "a well funded corporate front", and which opposes restrictions on smoking just as vociferously as it does those on GM foods, sits a little oddly with Prakash's claims of AgBioWorld's "academic roots and values"!




http://ngin.tripod.com/020103b.htm



On biotech Dow says:

" We are participating in the dialogue and working to understand and address people's honest concerns about such topics as labeling and biodiversity."

http://www.dow.com/environment/debate/d2.html

That's somewhat hard to relate to Dow???s funding of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the industry front group that co-founded AgBioWorld which is notorious for its smear campaigns against scientists and others with "concerns about such topics as labeling and biodiversity."



[For more on Dow see the COMPANY NEWS section of GMWATCH 5. On Dow and AgBioWorld see http://ngin.tripod.com/freesociety.htm]




http://ngin.tripod.com/251102a.htm



Avery's claims on organic are so ludicrous that even Greg Conko of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the co-founder of AgBioWorld, has criticised his grasp of statistics. Conko told Avery on Prakash's pro-GM list, AgBioView, that the extreme selectivity of Avery's statistics on killer organics, "doesn't seem to be convincing anybody who doesn't already have a predilection to believe you in the first place".


http://www.sare.org/htdocs/hypermail/html-home/42-html/0476.html




http://www.monbiot.com/dsp_article.cfm?article_id=515



Bivings is the secret author of several of the websites and bogus citizens' movements which have been coordinating campaigns against environmentalists. One is a fake scientific institute called the "Centre for Food and Agricultural Research". Bivings has also set up the "Alliance for Environmental Technology", a chlorine industry lobby group. Most importantly, Bivings appears to be connected with AgBioWorld, the genuine website run by CS Prakash, a plant geneticist at Tuskegee University, Alabama.



AgBioWorld is perhaps the most influential biotech site on the web. Every day it carries new postings about how GM crops will feed the world, new denunciations of the science which casts doubt on them and new attacks on environmentalists. It was here that the fake persuaders invented by Bivings launched their assault on the Nature paper. AgBioWorld then drew up a petition to have the paper retracted.



Prakash claims to have no links with Bivings but, as the previous article showed, an error message on his site suggests that it is or was using the main server of the Bivings Group. Jonathan Matthews, who found the message, commissioned a full technical audit of AgBioWorld. His web expert has now found 11 distinctive technical fingerprints shared by AgBioWorld and Bivings's Alliance for Environmental Technology site. The sites appear, he concludes, to have been created by the same programmer.



Though he lives and works in the United States, CS Prakash claims to represent the people of the third world. But he set up AgBioWorld with Greg Conko of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the far-right libertarian lobby group funded by such companies as Philip Morris, Pfizer and Dow Chemical. Conko has collaborated with Matthew Metz, one of the authors of the scientific letters to Nature seeking to demolish the maize paper, to produce a highly partisan guide to biotechnology on the AgBioWorld site. The Competitive Enterprise Institute boasts that it "played a key role in the creation" of a petition of scientists supporting biotech (ostensibly to feed the third world) launched by Prakash. Unaware that it had been devised by a corporate lobby group, 3,000 scientists, three Nobel laureates among them, signed up.





http://www.gene-watch.org/genewatch/articles/16-2matthews.html



...But if anyone deserved the cow dung it was Giddings, for almost every element of this spectacle was framed so as to deceive. Take, Chengal Reddy. Reddy is not a poor farmer, nor even the representative of poor farmers. He is a politician who has on occasion admitted to never having farmed in his life. His “Indian Farmers Federation” is a lobby for big commercial farmers in Andhra Pradesh, where his family is a prominent right-wing political force — his father having coined the saying, “There is only one thing that Dalits [untouchables] are good for, and that is being kicked.”



If it seems doubtful that Reddy was in Johannesburg to help the poor speak for themselves, the identity of the march organizers is also not a source of confidence. Although the London Times ran an admiring commentary on the march under the headline, “I Do Not Need White NGOs to Speak for Me,” the media contact on the organizers’ press release was Kendra Okonski, the daughter of a U.S. lumber industrialist. Okonski has worked for a variety of anti-regulatory NGOs, including the ultra-right Competitive Enterprise Institute, all funded and directed, needless to say, by “whites.” Okonski also runs Counterprotest.net, a website devoted to helping pro-corporate lobbyists take to the streets in mimicry of popular protesters.



Given this, it hardly needs saying that the “Bullshit Award” was far from the imaginative riposte of impoverished farmers that Giddings suggests. Rather, it was the creation of another right-wing pressure group. Based in New Delhi and well known for its fervent support of deregulation, GM crops and Big Tobacco, the Liberty Institute is part of the same coalition that organized the rally — the deceptively named Sustainable Development Network. In London, the SDN shares offices, along with many of its key personnel — including Okonski — with the International Policy Network, a group whose Washington address happens to be that of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. ...



... Still more revealing, though, is the fact that Giddings’ denunciation of the Berkeley scientists was almost identical to the attacks which launched the campaign against them on the very day of the research’s publication. In an article about the Mexican maize controversy, the journal Science described how “widely circulating anonymous e-mails” accused Chapela and Quist of “conflicts of interest and other misdeeds”. Those e-mails surfaced first on the listserv of AgBioWorld, a pro-biotech group co-founded by Greg Conko of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and one C.S. Prakash, who edits AgBioView, an email list in which GM critics have been compared to Hitler and the 9/11 terrorists.



AgBioWorld prominently circulated emails from a “Mary Murphy” and an “Andura Smetacek” that claimed Dr. Chapela was an “activist first” and a “scientist second,” and that he colluded in attacks on “biotechnology, free-trade, intellectual property rights and other politically motivated agenda items.” Smetacek even insinuated that Chapela had actually designed his research in collusion with “fear-mongering activists.” On top of that, Smetacek wanted to know how much money Chapela was getting in “expenses” from the anti-biotech “industry.”



Although the internet is an easy place to launch such inflammatory attacks from Hotmail-type addresses, it is also a place where, without meticulous care, the details of identity can be surprisingly easy to track.



In July 2000 a “Mary Murphy” posted a fake Associated Press article on the message board of foxbghsuit.com, a website dedicated to a legal case connected to Monsanto’s genetically engineered cattle drug rBGH. The Hotmail reply address given matches that of Chapela’s attacker; however, Murphy is also identified as bw6@bivwood.com — the domain name of The Bivings Group, an internet PR employed by Monsanto.



The e-mail headers of “Andura Smetacek” are still more startling. In her earliest emails, Smetacek presented herself to the AgBioView list as a concerned observer of the GM debate writing from London. However, the Internet Protocol address on those messages is 199.89.234.124 — numbers assigned to Monsanto’s headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. ...




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