National Center for Legislative Research

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The National Center for Legislative Research (NCLR) was run in the 1980s by life-long tobacco lobbyist Paul Dietrich. Dietrich went on to run the Saturday Review magazine for Philip Morris, and when this collapsed, he served out his contract producing the Philip Morris Magazine. Dietrich went into partnership with David A Morse, who co-founded Libertad and New York Society for International Affairs (NYSIA) with Andrew Whist and also the Institute for International Health and Development (IIHD). Dietrich took over the IIHD when Morse died, and he used this phantom organisation (supposedly based in the Catholic University, Washington) to handled the publication and distribution of the fake Philip Morris 'scientific' seminar known as the McGill University ETS Symposium in November 1989.

In 1982, Dietrich was just starting out as a political lobbyist, and he was working at the NCLR with another three Republican hopefuls including Samuel G Landfather. The tobacco industry was generous with its support and they produced the propaganda publication known as Legislative Policy. Another in the coven was the South Carolina Senator Thomas E Smith Jr Note the article by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) (see page 15). [2]