Public policy is too often determined not by the merits of the case but, rather, by individuals, corporations, and even countries who buy influence and alter public policy for the benefit of only a few. As a wrap-up for this conference on “Corporate Interference with Science and Health: Fracking, Food and Wireless,” it is our intent to provide a personal story of how money can buy favors and determine policies that are often counter to the public interest and can even lead to failure to protect the health of the public. Given our background in law specific to the US, the basis of our evidence comes from legal rulings as well as legislative actions that have had an impact on policies in the US. While the specifics of governments vary, related activities surrounding money, lobbying, who knows who, and how decisions are made in secret to benefit a few are events that occur everywhere.
About the authors
Whitney North Seymour, Jr. is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School. He was a co-founder of The Natural Resources Defense Council (“NRDC”), Public Campaign, and Public Campaign Action Fund. Seymour served for three years in the New York State Senate. He is a former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and served as court-appointed Independent Counsel in the investigation and prosecution of former White House aide Michael Deaver for perjury concerning his lobbying and influence peddling activities during the Reagan administration. Seymour is a veteran of World War II and served in the South Pacific and the Philippines. Seymour is admitted to the bars of New York State, the District of Columbia, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Gabriel North Seymour is a member of the bars of New York and Connecticut, admitted before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court. She has successfully opposed cell tower placement posing threats to people and wildlife habitats. She served as First Selectman of her town as the first woman elected to the post in 250 years. She is an advocate for science-based RF exposure limits for wireless signals to prevent biological harm. An honors graduate of Princeton University and a Fulbright Scholar, she is a graduate of Albany Law School.
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