Tobacco giant Philip Morris hired a Washington lobbying firm to get people to write letters against proposed federal regulations banning workplace smoking. Bonner & Associates earned at least $1.4 million for a campaign that produced 7,300 letters, according to a source who worked on the campaign, and an additional $100 each for more than 1,500 faxes to congressmen. Philip Morris is getting ready to bring up to 500 smokers to Washington, all expenses paid, to testify at a Sept. 20 hearing, the source says. Philip Morris says the numbers cited are inaccurate but won't discuss the details.
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