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No On 37 Campaign Spokesman Has Extreme Views On Tobacco, Climate Change, Radiation And DDT

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on October 14, 2012 - 9:47pm

CA Right to Know Campaign Calls for No on 37 Campaign to Level with California Voters

The Yes on 37 Campaign today called on opponents of the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act to clarify whether they share the extreme and dubious scientific views of Dr. Henry Miller -- a researcher at the right-wing Hoover Institution, who is featured as a spokesperson in TV ads blanketing California for the No on 37 campaign.

Miller -- who has appeared countless times on television to millions of Californians arguing that Prop 37 is "illogical" -- is a founding member of a now-defunct tobacco front group that tried to discredit the links between cigarettes and cancer, has repeatedly called for the reintroduction of DDT, fronted for an oil industry funded climate change denial group, and claimed that people exposed to radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster “may have benefitted from it.”

The Yes on 37 campaign today sent letters to No on 37 spokesperson Kathy Fairbanks and other public spokespeople of the No on 37 anti-labeling campaign, asking them to clarify if they stand behind Miller’s dubious scientific beliefs.

“Time and again, Henry Miller has been the mouthpiece of corporate elites trying to deceive the public about issues of health and science,” said Gary Ruskin, campaign manager of California Right to Know.  “If the No on 37 campaign shares his extreme views, it shows how far outside the mainstream their campaign really is.  If they don’t, they should explain why they want Californians to trust someone whom they don’t trust either.”

In the letter, Ruskin said that Miller has a “highly controversial record on issues of science and public policy.“

Read Ruskin’s Letter to Fairbanks Here:

As the Los Angeles Times reported, The No on 37 campaign’s latest ad featuring Miller was pulled last week for misrepresenting both his occupation and Stanford University.  This past weekend, the San Jose Mercury News analyzed a recut version of the ad, and still found it misleading.

The continuing Miller controversy has not been the $35 million No on 37 campaign’s only credibility problem.  The Sacramento Bee fact-checked its statewide radio ad and concluded it was misleading.  This week, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sent out a press release stating that they were misrepresented by the No on 37 campaign in the official California Voter’s Guide that was sent to 11 million voters.

“We are concerned that California voters are being misled..." said Academy President Ethan Bergman. "Voters need accurate information in order to make an informed choice."

BACKGROUND:  The Dubious Credibility of No on 37 Science Spokesperson Henry Miller 

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