The Bronfmans

Edgar M. Bronfman was a trustee of the Salk Institute, circa 1971, a number of whose fellow trustees engaged in assorted anti-smoker activities: Salvador E. Luria and Robert Holley were members of the American Cancer Society's National Council on Smoking and Public Policy; H. Stanley Bennett was a trustee of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC); and Samuel B. Gould was installed as president of New York City educational television.

Edgar M. Bronfman and Charles R. Bronfman were directors of E.I. DuPont de Nemours from 1981 to 1995, and Edgar M. Bronfman Jr. was a director from 1991 to 1995. Edgar Sr.'s fellow trustee from the Salk Institute, Andrew F. Brimmer, was a director from 1974 to 1997, and former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly has been a director since 1993.

DuPont 1995 DEF 14A / Securities and Exchange Commission

The Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine is in the Annenberg Building at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NYC.

Main Page, Samuel Bronfman School of Medicine / Mount Sinai School of Medicine

At one time, the American Public Health Association gave out Bronfman Prizes, which ranked with the Lasker Awards as the highest public health award in this country. The APHA website and other sources offer no further details about the origins of this prize, which is possibly an earlier name for the APHA Award for Excellence.

APHA Award for Excellence / APHA

The Bronfman Seagram's liquor fortune funded the School Health Education Study, 1961-1963, a national study of health education in US public schools, through the Samuel Bronfman Foundation.

Seagram's was the #3 soft money donor to the Democratic Party, and the #10 soft money donor to the Republican Party. As well as a long list of wine and spirits, Seagram's subsidiaries include Universal Studios and a number of record companies. In June of 2000, Seagram's merged with France's Vivendi, creating a media conglomerate only slightly smaller than AOL Time Warner and Viacom.

Seagram / Democracy Now!

"Vivendi/MP3 deal seen raising regulatory eyebrows," Reuters 2001 May 21. "'If you read the Vivendi/MP3.com deal through the lens that Universal pursued an aggressive lawsuit against MP3.com, made it cheaper and then purchased it, you would think Congress may find this deal somewhat disturbing'... At a Congressional hearing last week, Rep. Howard Berman, a California Democrat, raised a concern about the online distribution efforts of the conglomerates: 'Is this going to end up as some sort of monopoly control, where the companies you own and partner with will be the only ones who can do this?' he asked Vivendi Universal vice chairman Edgar Bronfman at the hearing regarding online royalties. Officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission and Justice Department declined comment on Monday."

Vivendi / Reuters news - Forbes

Although the IRS prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations from lobbying, the Samuel Bronfman Foundation, Turner Foundation, Tisch Foundation, and other foundations funded the major groups which organized to oppose former Senator John Ashcroft's nomination for attorney general. "Ashcroft and Advocacy. Did foundations cross the line?" by Evan Gahr.

Gahr / Philanthropy Roundtable

"Big-Time Gangsters Set Up McCain's Family Fortune," Michael Collins Piper. Hidden Mysteries. Re Sen. John McCain's father-in-law, who bankrolled his election campaign: "The Hensley fortune, in fact, is a regional offshoot of the big time bootlegging and rackets empire of the Bronfman dynasty of Canada, founded by Sam Bronfman, an early partner of Meyer Lansky, longtime 'chairman of the board' of the international crime syndicate."

Piper re Hensley & McCain / Hidden Mysteries

Edgar M. Bronfman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, 2001.

Bronfman / CFR Membership Roster 2001 (pdf, 19pp)

In 1998-99, Edgar M. Bronfman was a donor to the Carter Center, and the Samuel Bronfman Foundation gave between $25,000 and $99,999.

Carter Center 2000 Annual Report (pdf, 58pp)

"Interests associated with the New York investment banking firm of Carl M. Loeb, Rhoades & Co. have won control of the Cuban Atlantic Sugar Company by electing six directors. John L. Loeb, senior partner of the firm, was elected a director, chairman of the board of directors and a member of the new executive committee at the meeting of the board yesterday. The board also was increased from ten to eleven members.... Mark J. Millard and Clifford W. Michel, also partners of the banking firm, were elected directors of the company. The Loeb, Rhoades group also elected Edgar M. Bronfman, Harold F. Linder, and Stuart N. Scott." Blanco Calas, a Cuban investor, and Richard S. Buell of the law firm McLanahan, Merritt and Ingraham, were also elected. Through its subsidiaries, Cuban Atlantic Sugar controlled the largest sugar properties in Cuba, with about 10% of the country's raw sugar output. (Loeb, Rhoades Interests Take Control of Cuban Atlantic Sugar. New York Times, Dec. 6, 1956, p. 68.)

John L. Loeb Sr., who died in 1996, was the brother of Henry A. Loeb, and the sister of Margaret Loeb Kempner, who was Thomas L. Kempner's mother. John Loeb Sr.'s daughter, Ann Loeb Bronfman, is the former wife of Edgar Bronfman Sr.

John L. Loeb, Sr. / Internet Obituary Network
Margaret Loeb Kempner / New York Times

The Tides Foundation

Joanie Bronfman is a director of the Tides Foundation. She is described as "a long-time advocate for social justice." Her PhD thesis, "The Experience of Inherited Wealth: A Social-Psychological Perspective," fearlessly exposes "wealthism," the victimization of the rich by the poor. The Inheritance Project website showcases heartrending testimonials such as: "It's the subtle things of knowing that you're different," he explains. "When people talk about trying to pay off their credit cards, I have no idea what it feels like." Obviously.

Board of Directors / The Tides Foundation
Wealthism / The Inheritance Project

Tides is an umbrella foundation, which dispenses the philanthropy of members of the Bronfman family and Peter Buttenweiser (listed be Forbes as one of the world's richest people, and the 16th largest donor to the Democratic party in 1998). Tides awarded $56,228,306 in total grants in 2000.

Grants List / Tides Foundation (pdf)

Community Focus

Tides funds Community Focus, whose anti-smoking activities include: "Educating Key Opinion Leaders about Tobacco Norm Change" (with the American Lung Association of California); "Millenium Girls" (by the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation); "California Lavender Smokefree Project (the California Department of Health Services); and the "Tobacco-Free Campaign" (the San Francisco Department of Public Health), which lobbied for smoking bans and youth stings.

Projects / Community Focus

CorpWatch

Formerly TRAC-Transnational Resource & Action Center, the self-proclaimed "forefront of the movement against corporate-led globalization" (e.g., the World Trade Organization). They proclaim that "a growing global movement is standing up to these transnational tobacco corporations. No where is this David and Goliath battle more evident than in the fight for a strong Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)." Controlling every position of power in and associated with the UN, from Kofi Anan to Ted Turner to the UNA-USA, is not sufficient for the ruthless anti-smoking behemoth!

Staff & Board / CorpWatch
Tobacco, Free Trade and Globalization / CorpWatch

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