James Savarese and Associates

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James M. Savarese is president of James Savarese and Associates, (aka Savarese & Associates) an economic consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC. The company was founded in 1981 while Savarese was still working for Ogilvy & Mather Public Relations. [1] He claims to be an economist, and he was capable or writing Economic articles for newspapers and magazines, but basically he is a public-relations practitioner and lobbyist with political connections.

The address and telephone number on the letterhead of this letter dated September 1985 is identical to that of Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) who were both effectively running the Committee on Taxation and Economic Growth.

Jim Savarese and Professor Robert D. Tollison from George Mason University also ran the Cash for Comments Economists Network which eventually recruited about 150 Libertarian economists to act as surreptitious lobbyists for the tobacco industry. Their network had an occasional turn-over in most States through deaths and transfers, but the economist's network operated very successfully for decades. For most of the period they had at least one (some more) professors operating in each state. These were generally:

  • a professor of economics or business management at a State University. (Easily bribed by the $600 to $2000 on offer on each occasion because of their relatively low pay);
  • members of the ultra-Libertarian factions of the profession (extreme promoters of free-enterprise, less-regulation markets)
  • members of the [[Center for the Study of Popular Choice] which was run at George Mason University, under Bob Tollison.
  • willing and able to write an op-ted article to order when given a subject and a list of key points to promote.

Savarese ran other tobacco (and probably other industry( scam beside this economics lobby network, and he built a company with a couple of employees.