Scott Marks 9:44 a.m., May 21
GOP's Wyland and Independent Fletcher Get Big Tobacco Money
Mark Wyland, the Republican state senator from North County who will be termed out of office in two years, is already laying plans for the future.
Yesterday his campaign committee, Taxpayers for Wyland - Board of Equalization 2014, accepted $7800 from Phillip Morris, USA, Inc. the tobacco giant now waging war against Proposition 29, the measure to slap a dollar of new taxes on every pack of cigarettes sold in the state.
Last summer, the Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing, run by the American Lung Association of California, released figures showing that the GOP senator had accepted $5800 from the tobacco lobby during 2010.
The report also showed that Wyland's lower house colleague, then-Republican Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who recently left the GOP during his campaign to become San Diego mayor, had taken a total of $25,100 from tobacco interests during his legislative career.
Last year, Fletcher accepted $2500 from RAI Services Company of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a subsidiary of tobacco industry giant Reynolds American.
According to the Lung Association's current tally, Fletcher's tobacco lobby contributions now total $31,500.