The CDC gave grants to anti-tobacco, who in turn lobbied for smoking bans.
The Inspector General\’s Office said quarterly grant reports filed by cities and organizations "may reflect inappropriate lobbying activities using CPPW grant funds."
The letter proceeded to state that CDC-provided information "appear to authorize, or even encourage grantees to use grant funds for impermissible lobbying. Furthermore, grantee activity reports posted online make troubling assertions that, on their face, raise the possibility that … anti-lobbying provisions were violated."
The Inspector General Office\’s allegation is a serious one. Use of congressional funds in an attempt to enact tobacco regulations is illegal.