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 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.  Most of the listed organizations were also recipients of funding from the company. Listed organizations included:
- Atlas Economic Research Foundation
- Cato Institute
- Citizens' Research Foundation, University of Southern California
- Countdown Foundation/EPA Watch
- Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
- Alexis de Tocqueville Institute
- American Enterprise Institute
- Americans for Tax Reform
- Barry Goldwater Institute for Public Policy Research
- Business Leadership Council
- Business Roundtable
- Capital Research Center
- Center for Peace and Freedom
- Center for the Study of Popular Culture
- Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation
- Claremont Institute
- Competitive Enterprise Institute
- Conference Board
- Consumer Alert
- Education and Research Institute
- Free Congress Foundation
- Frontiers of Freedom
- George Mason University School of Law
- Grand Central Partnership
- Grocery Manufacturers of America
- Heartland Institute
- Heritage Foundation
- Hudson Institute
- Individual Rights Foundation
- Institute for Contemporary Studies
- Institute for Justice
- Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation
- Institute on Taxation and Economics Policy
- Instituto Cultural Ludwig von Mises
- Mackinac Center for Public Policy
- Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
- Media Institute
- Michigan State University/James Madison College
- National Association of Manufacturers
- National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- National Center for Policy Analysis
- National Policy Forum
- New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- New York City Partnership
- Pacific Legal Foundation
- Pacific Research Center for Public Policy
- Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
- Progress and Freedom Foundation
- Reason Foundation
- State Policy Network
- Tax Foundation
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Washington Legal Foundation
- Washington University Center for the Study of American Business
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.
Other SourceWatch resources
- 1995 Public Policy Grants (chart), Philip Morris, May 22, 1996; Bates number 2041273353/3356.
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