From an MPR archive I found this story:Smoking Bans purchased with public funds
July 23, 2004
The Minnesota Smoke free Coalition and the American Lung Assn MN were recipients of part of the 3.4 million dollars of public money handed out to activists by the Minnesota Department of Health by appointed commissioner Dianne Mandernach to embedded anti-smoking and health activists.
A spokesperson for ALMN always counters my posts about how much money Robert Wood Johnson Foundation distributes to the non-smoking activists to buy a smoking ban. This spokesperson apparently knows how bad it looks to have accepted pharmaceutical nicotine "special interest money". I wonder if the same spokesperson had the same problem knowing MN. taxpayer money was used to finance anti-smoking activists' activity.
And even if he isn't concerned, how about Attorney General Mike Hatch who in 2002 reprimanded MPAAT for doing the very same.