pointed out that, "Whilst [the Washington Legal Foundation] don't have any exact info about who's funding them (to the tune of $4m in 2000!), the 'Links to other organisations' and 'WLF Clients' includes many of our old friends".
Among the "old friends" that Marcus noted were Elizabeth ("I've been called a paid liar for industry so many times I've lost count") Whelan's American Council on Science and Health, the Cato Institute [adjunct scholar, "the Junkman", Steven Milloy, whose 'junkscience' campaign was launched with the help of Big Tobacco - see item 4 below] and the American Enterprise Institute.
In 2001, as well as ruling on the seed patent issue, Justice Clarence
Thomas received the Francis Boyer Award "established by [chemical/pharma
giant] SmithKline Beecham in memory of Francis Boyer, a former chairman
of SmithKline and a distinguished business leader for many decades"
As a Boyer Award-winner, Thomas got to give the Francis Boyer Lecture which is delivered at the annual dinner of the award givers the American Enterprise Institute.
Justice Thomas used the lecture to emphasise that he early on turned his back on the civil rights movement - nothing wrong in that necessarily, but note his reason: that association with this movement was not good for his career.
Some associations, it seems, are better for a US judge's career than others!!
For the significance for farmers of the Supreme Court decision see:
Saving conventional, non-GMO seed? Beware!;
It's THE case: J.E.M. AG Supply v. Pioneer Hi-Bred;
Pioneer v. J.E.M AgSupply may sprout rude awakening;
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