Big Tobacco bankrolls 'No on 72' fight

FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN - You might have seen it online or on TV: An ad warning Colorado voters of "powerful special interests" who want to misuse the state constitution by passing Amendment 72, a proposal that would dramatically increase the state's tobacco tax.

But who paid for the 29-second ad? A U.S. tobacco giant that reports has spent more than $65 million lobbying Congress since 2010.

Altria Client Services LLC, the parent company for tobacco giant Philip Morris, has given more than $5 million to the campaign against Amendment 72. As of Sept. 14, no other entity or person had given money to the anti-tobacco tax campaign called No Blank Checks in the Constitution. Philip Morris manufactures brands including Marlboro, Parliament, Virginia Slims and L&M.

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