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

Set up in 1993, Ramhurst Corporation was a PR operation funded by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to coordinate "smokers' rights" fake grassroots campaigns throughout the U.S. Douglas M. Goodyear and Jim Ellis founded and ran Ramhurst.

According to internal R.J. Reynolds documents, Ramhurst received in 1994 $2.6 million for "Executing tactical programs on federal, state or local issues; developing a network of smokers' rights groups and other coalition partners within the region that will speak out on issues important to the Company; implementing training and communication programs designed to inform activists and maintain their ongoing involvement in the grassroots movement."