South Carolina Association of Taxpayers

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The South Carolina Association of Taxpayers (SCAT) is an anti-tax group that accepts corporate funding. On its website it ststes that it is "an independent, privately funded research group whose purpose is to encourage government to work more efficiently."[1] The "helpful websites" page on its website includes links to the National Taxpayer's Union, the Cato Institute, and the Heritage Foundation.[2]

Opposition to Tobacco Taxes

In 2008 SCAT was reported as being anonymously funded by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to mail out 10,000 postcards to Republican activists asking them to oppose an increase in South Carolina's cigarette tax to help fund healthcare for uninsured workers. [3]

SCAT was listed as a "stakeholder" in a 2001 Philip Morris Field Action Team list of allies to be briefed about a proposal to allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulate cigarettes.[4] SCAT was also listed in a 1999 Philip Morris "Tobacco Allies Notebook"[5]

SCAT opposed a federal lawsuit to seek government reimbursement for Medicaid costs of treating sick smokers.[6]



Board of Directors


On its website, SCAT provides no details of its funding sources.

Contact details

PO Box 50799 Columbia, SC 29250
Phone: Phone: (803) 748-9198
SCAT Blog:

Articles and Resources


  1. "About SCAT", accessed March 2008>
  2. "Helpful Links", accessed March 2008>
  3. O'Connor J. R.J. Reynold's stealth move: Tobacco firm plays role in taxpayer group’s ad campaign opposing bill News article. The State. March 3, 2008
  4. Proactive Communications PM Field Action Team FDA Education Campaign Stakeholder Briefings Report. July 20, 2001. Philip Morris Bates No. 2085074931/4940
  5. No author. Federal Government Affairs Tobacco Allies Notebook Index. List. 132 pp. October, 1999. Bates No. 2080355491/5613
  6. N332 Report/list. 10pp. July, 1997. Philip Morris Bates No. 2074190772/0781

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