Citizens for a Sound Economy, a little-known national group, emerged in Oregon during the 1999 legislative session, when it lobbied for a telephone deregulation bill sought by phone monopoly US West.
Months later, leaked internal documents revealed the self-described “grass roots” group received $1.25 million from US West in 1998.
Investigative reports also showed Citizens for a Sound Economy:
•Got $1 million from Philip Morris while opposing cigarette tax hikes.
•Took money from Microsoft and lobbied Congress to curtail federal antitrust enforcement.