Guide to the Colorado Tobacco Tax Initiative / Fair Share for Health Committee, 1991-1994, n.d.

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Guide to the Colorado Tobacco Tax Initiative / Fair Share for Health Committee, 1991-1994, n.d.

Collection number: MSS 96-45

UCSF Library & CKM



Archives and Special Collections

University of California, San Francisco

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  • UCSF Library & CKM
  • Archives and Special Collections
  • 530 Parnassus Ave.
  • San Francisco, CA 94143-0840
  • Phone: (415) 476-8112
  • Fax: (415) 476-4653
  • Email: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/collections/archives/contact
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/tobacco/
Processed by:
Julia Bazar
Date Completed:
August 1997
Encoded by:
Hernán Cortés
© 1998 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Colorado Tobacco Tax Initiative / Fair Share for Health Committee,
Date (inclusive): 1991-1994, n.d.
Collection number: MSS 96-45
Collector: Colorado Tobacco Tax Initiative / Fair Share for Health Committee.
Extent: Number of containers: 1 carton

Linear feet: approx. 1
Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections.
San Francisco, California 94143-0840
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

The Colorado Tobacco Tax Initiative / Fair Share for Health Committee records were given to the Tobacco Control Archives by Dr. Stanton A. Glantz.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Library & Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Archives & Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Library & Center for Knowledge Management as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Colorado Tobacco Tax Initiative / Fair Share for Health Committee, MSS 96-45, Archives & Special Collections, UCSF Library & CKM

Organizational History

Most anti-tobacco legislation in Colorado has been done on the local level. In 1987, the Fair Share for Health Committee (FSHC), whose major donors included the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the American Lung Association, began a statewide campaign to increase the cigarette tax by fifty cents per pack. Due to legal challenges by the tobacco industry, however, the initiative did not make it on to the ballot until 1994 as Amendment 1.
FSHC's campaign faced intense opposition from the tobacco industry, lead by the Citizens Against Tax Abuse and Government Waste and the Colorado Executive Committee, both heavily subsidized by the tobacco industry. [Note: Fred M. Monardi,Amanda O'Neill,and Stanton A. Glanz. Tobacco Industry Political Activity in Colorado 1979-1995 (San Francisco: Institute for Health Policy Studies University of California), 1996.In addition to challenging the wording of the amendment's title, summary, and analysis, the pro-tobacco faction charged that FSHC and KOA (a Denver radio station) had engaged in bribery by offering baseball tickets to signers of initiative petitions, and made allegations that FSHC had received illegal in-kind donations from state employees and departments (including the Colorado Department of Health). On its side, FSHC's filed a complaint against R.J. Reynolds over an advertisement paid for by the tobacco company.
Amendment 1 was defeated in November 1994, having received only 38.5 percent of the vote.

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of photocopies of documents covering the campaign to pass an increase of the tobacco tax in Colorado through an amendment to the Colorado State Constitution. Most of the materials were generated by the Fair Share for Health Committee (FSHC) and Arnold Levinson, the Executive Director of the Committee.
The collection includes court records, correspondence, publicity materials, budgets and other financial documents, drafts of the amendment, the initiative petition and ballot statement, as well as fundraising and volunteer materials.
The records in this collection deal primarily with the final drive by the FSHC to get the amendment on the 1994 ballot, and include court records and correspondence documenting the several legal challenges against Amendment 1 by the pro-tobacco faction.
Other materials in the collection document FSHC's response to a claim by a pro-tobacco source that the cigarette tax would be used to pay for abortions. Organizational and campaign planning materials make up the remainder of the collection. Planning materials include a campaign agenda, reports from a planning retreat and focus groups, budgets and other financial documents. Other basic organizational documents include articles of incorporation, bylaws, agendas and minutes for FSHC. Media and development materials document fundraising, volunteer recruitment and coalition building, and include press releases, ad copy and speaker packets. There is also one folder containing material prepared by the Colorado Secretary of State about the initiative process.
The records in this collection are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Container List

Carton Carton 1, Folder 1

Abortion Issue 1994

Folder 2

Articles of Incorporation/Bylaws for FSHC 1993-94

Folder 3

Background -- Colorado Initiative Law 1993-94

Folder 4

Campaign Blue Book -- Ballot Analysis 1993-94

Folder 5

Campaign Strategy 1991-94

Folder 6

Coalition Prospects 1993

Folder 7

Complaint Against R.J. Reynolds Advertisement 1994

Folder 8

Contacts -- Health Care Community 1993-94

Folder 9

CTFC Tobacco Tax Task Force 1991-92

Folder 10

Endorsements 1994

Folder 11-12

Financial Documents -- Contributions & Expenditures 1994

Folder 13

Financial Documents -- Tobacco-side 1992-94

Folder 14-15

FSHC -- Agendas, minutes 1993-94

Folder 16

FSHC -- Board minutes 1993

Folder 17-19

FSHC -KOA "Bribery" Case 1994

Folder 20

Fundraising -- Hospitals 1993

Folder 21

General Budget Ideas 1994

Folder 22

Grants 1994

Folder 23

In-Kind Case -- Donald Coleman v. FSHC 1994

Folder 24

Kitchen Cabinet Meeting 1994

Folder 25

Leadership List n.d.

Folder 26

Media Planning 1994

Folder 27

Newsletter Clips 1994

Folder 28

Notes/Memos -- Focus Group, Media, Expenditures, Plans 1993-94

Folder 29

Petition to Initiate/ Proposed Amendment April 1993

Folder 30

Petition to Initiate/ Proposed Amendment November 1993

Folder 31

Professional Service Matters May 1993

Folder 32

Publicity Materials -- Drafts 1994

Folder 33

Publicity Materials Press Release, Clippings 1994

Folder 34

Publicity Materials -- Speakers' Kit 1994

Folder 35

Publicity -- News Releases 1994

Folder 36

Signature Drive 1993-94

Folder 37

Signature Drive Training Literature n.d.

Folder 38

Signature Receipts & Petition Circulation Payments 1994

Folder 39

Smuggling of Tobacco Products 1994

Folder 40

Suit Challenging Colorado Department of Health's Involvement in Campaign 1994

Folder 41

Survey of Voters Attitudes 1993

Folder 42

Tax Effects October 1993

Folder 43-46

Title Setting Case 1993-94

Folder 47

Tobacco Industry -- Contributions 1994

Folder 48

Tobacco Industry & Media 1994

Folder 49

Tobacco Tax Retreat Feb. 5, 1993

Folder 50

Volunteers -- Lists n.d.

Folder 51

Volunteers -- Literature/ contests 1994, n.d.