Roy Marden

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This article is part of the Tobacco portal on Sourcewatch funded from 2006 - 2009 by the American Legacy Foundation.

Roy Marden was a Corporate Affairs Policy Analyst and Manager of Industry Affairs at Philip Morris Companies in New York City, a position he left on May 15, 2003. He started working for Philip Morris circa 1985. Until 2008, he served on the board of directors[1] at The Heartland Institute, a conservative think-tank based in Chicago that has been funded by the tobacco company.

The Marden profile on the Heartland Institute site stated that his responsibilities with Philip Morris "include managing company responses to key public policy issues; directing corporate involvement with industry, business, trade, and public policy organizations and determining philanthropic support thereto; lobbying; developing economic and public policy position papers for senior management; and representing the Philip Morris Chairman and CEO in external coalitions and business associations".

"Before joining Philip Morris, Mr. Marden was a senior consultant at Ernst & Whinney in New York, where he provided economic consulting services to litigation attorneys in antitrust, products liability, and labor arbitration cases and presented testimony as an expert economic witness. He earlier served as a senior research associate at Charles River Associates in Boston, where he provided economic research and consulting services to business and government clients, specializing in antitrust and regulatory economics and policy impact evaluation. Among his primary activities were consulting to the counsel for the defendant in U.S. v. IBM."

"Mr. Marden serves on numerous cultural and policy group Boards, including The Brooklyn Children's Museum, the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation, Instituto Cultural Ludwig von Mises, Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy (where he serves as Vice Chairman), and Women for Tax Reform. He is also a senior fellow at the Council on Culture and Community."

"Mr. Marden received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in economics from Northwestern University."

Liaison to "Nonprofit" Advocacy Groups

An internal list compiled by Philip Morris of its "public policy grants" for 1995 lists some 47 organizations for which Marden was listed as a contact. [2] Most of the listed organizations were also recipients of funding from the company. Listed organizations included:

A 1995-96 performance review summary by Roy Marden, then of Philip Morris' Corporate Affairs Department, links PM to the emergence of arguments equating smoking with property rights. Marden states (in the 2nd paragraph from the bottom on the second page),

"...the rightward shift in the U.S. political climate has resulted in the reemergence of property rights as an issue under current scrutiny. As part of an intra-company task force, we are developing a strategy to apply the concept of 'takings' to the smoking ban issue in a legislative/regulatory context."

PM's application of the "property rights" strategy was to argue that smoking restrictions constitute a government "taking" of private property.

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