David A Weeks
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David A Weeks was a Boise Idaho physician who had a flourishing sideline as a tobacco lobbyist. He was used extensively by the Tobacco Institute as a general witness who was willing to sell out his ethical standards and to claim that second-hand smoke had little or no ill effects on non-smokers.
He was also a regular member of the travelling circus of TI spokesmen and tobacco lawyers, who travelled around the regional centers in the USA accompanied by a few compliant scientists and miscellaneous IAQ testing technicians from companies who made their money performing sham indoor air quality testing and pronouncing that the offices were 'sick' and needed maintenance on the HVAC systems. They would descend on a town, have one or more organised radio interviews, brief the media, talk one-to-one to legislators, or present a local ordinance hearings to prove that tobacco smoke wasn't the major problem in offices and other meeting venues.
Weeks was also one of the few non-academic members in Georgetown University's notorious IAPAG group which contracted health academics wholesale to the tobacco industry whenever it needed legislative or court-room support or witnesses in a court-case. He also partnered with of another science-for-sale professional S James Kilpatrick in a company called Per-Med Corp.
Documents & Timeline
1987 Sep 15 Agenda for the Tobacco Institute's "College of Tobacco Knowledge" which trains industry disinformation staff in how to counter industry attacks. David Weeks MD is in attendance. This presumably means that he was a relatively new recruit. 
1988 Sept The check register of the Tobacco Institute shows payments for this month (sometimes fortnightly):
- Hill & Knowlton $86,386 - Public Relations
- Paul Hastings Janofsky - $33,998 (15th $8,945)
- Allen Kassman - $1,395 (ex Philip Morris) - experienced scientist for sale functionary
- Fleishman Hillard - $18,988 (15th $12,500) They ran the media tours.
- Katzenstein Associates -$1,850 (Alan W Katzenstein) biostatistical consultant and general science-writer,
- Smokers Rights Alliance $19,231
- James Savarese - (12th $20,000) (16th $26,800) running the Labor Management Committee
- ACVA Atlantic - (7th $14,919) (15th $57,494) Gray Robertson air testing
- Jolly Anne Davidson - $2,353 (28th $2,789) Schools and education lobbyist
- Per-Med Corp - $14,887 (David A Weeks or S. James Kirkpatrick) mercenary lobbyists
- TI Staff: Samuel D Chilcote Jr $5,000 ((26th $6,476). Dennis Dyer $2,547, Karen Fernicola $272 (16th $1,074, [Walker Merryman]] $1,090, Susan Stuntz $781
- Contract TI Staff: Gold & Liebengood Inc $20,286 (Howard S Libengood), Sparber & Associates $28,227 (21st $13,333) Peter Sparber
1988 to 1993 Diana L Avedon at the Tobacco Institute ran a major media-tour operation called the Scientific Witness Teams. This operation circulated variable teams of TI staff spokespersons, contracted sham air-testing company staff, one or more Covington & Burling lawyers, and other more specialied tobacco lobbyists. They were used in two ways:
- As fire-fighters, to turn up in some town or region when problem about public or workplace smoking was arising, and do media interviews.
- To make regular media tours through various parts of the country to promote Tobacco Institute propaganda.
They were paid to visit major cities in each state, where the Regional Tobacco Institute staff would have arranged radio, TV or news coverage, and set up meetings with key officials at the local councils, counter air-ports (smoking bans) and meet with the editorial boards of media outlets. This is Diana Avedon's list of the key contractors on these group media-tours. It had the advantage of each participant getting to know the others, which introduced a collegial element to their shared message distortions.
|1993 Jun 1 TI list of "Witness/Expert Appearances Scientific/Legal/Spokespersons."|
Assistant to the Tobacco Institute President,
|Mike Buckley |
lawyer-lobbyist with Covington & Burling,
|Simon Turner |
IAQ witness/executive of ACVA/HBI,
| Gio Batta Gori|
Corrupt science researcher at Nat. Cancer Institute
He ran the Tobacco Working Group for the industry until fired.
Tobacco Institute's Media spokesperson
|Gray Robertson |
Partner in ACVA then owner of HBI
Lifelong contractor for sham air-testing with TI
owner/partner of ACVA and HBI
He sold his share of HBI to Gray Robertson
| Larry Holcomb|
Ran sham air-testing company (airlines)
Holcomb Environmental Services
|John C Fox|
Lawyer lobbyist for TI via Pettit & Martin
Later also through Pillsbury Madison & Sutro
Healthy Buildings International (HBI)
spokesman on 'sick buildings'
TI Public Relations, then Issues Management
Later VP at the Tobacco Institute.
| David Remes|
legal strategist from the main law firm
Covington & Burling (C&B)
National Energy Management Institute
(NEMI) organiser who worked for TI
|Melinda L Sidak|
C&B lawyer; strategist in science corruption
Worked on recruitment of scientists.
He ran restaurant front-group RSVP
He organised lobby against smoking bans.
| Larry Halfen|
Environmental Consultants; TI witness
|An attached 1991 Witness List includes|
| Brennan Dawson|
Media relations at the Tobacco Institute
|Jeff Seckler |
Exec. in charge of HBI's sham air testing
He later turned whistleblower.
Lawyer sent on media tours by the Tobacco institute to train witnesses.
|Joe Pedelty |
worked for Holcomb Environmental Services
Did sham air-testing for TI
|Jolly Ann Davidson|
NASBE school/educational lobbyist,
ran "Helping Youth Decide" program for TI
GMU economics professor (Tollison aide)
Key in cash-for-comments network
lawyer and media lobbyist with John Fox
She was retained by TI as IAQ witness
|Walter J Decker|
Ran Toxicology Consultancy Services
Provide witness services for the TI
TI Director of Economic Issues
He was ex-US Chambers of Commerce
|Mike Davis (Dallas Texas)|
Prof of Econ. and Business Management
Witness for the Tobacco Institute.
Prof Economics West Virginia.
Worked in cash-for-comments net.
|The main long document has this 1989 witness list attached with the addition (to above)|
economics professor and leader of
cash-for-comments economists network
| David A Weeks|
Boise Idaho physician, TI Witness
Partner of S James Kilpatrick in Per-Med Corp.
Ex tobacco industry scientist. Retrained
to provide legislative and media briefings.
GMU professor of economics who ran the
cash-for-comments economists network
Economics professor and TI witness.
Tollison's understudy in c-for-c network
| Jack E Peterson|
Industrial hygienist; ran Peterson Assoc.
Also worked for Dow Chemicals
|Bestype Consulting Corporation |
they ran TI's "Sick Building Syndrome"
and "Tight Building Syndrome" seminars.
|Dennis A Vaughn|
Lawyer-lobbyist for Tobacco Institute,
Associate of John Fox at P&M and PM & Sutro
|The 1988 List includes most of above with the additions of:|
|Alan W Katzenstein|
Biostatistician with Katzenstein Assoc.
Witness for Tobacco Institute,
Ran the Smokers Rights Alliance
His wife Sue had her focus on airline smoking.
[Numerous other documents detail the day-to-day organization of these groups spread over five or more years.]
The RICO Case against Tobacco.