Coca-Cola money highlights risks of corporate influence
A University of Colorado professor who launched a global campaign to fight obesity accepted $550,000 from the Coca-Cola Co., traveled the world at company expense on speaking engagements and solicited a job at the soft-drink giant for his son.
James Hill, a nutrition expert who directs the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, also obtained Coca-Cola’s help to run conferences for journalists that sought to “balance” an obesity debate focused on sugary drinks and featured a speaker who disparaged soda taxes.
The Coca-Cola connection highlights the secrecy surrounding much of the corporate money pouring into CU’s prestigious Anschutz medical campus.
In addition to the money it paid directly to Hill, not through the university, Coca-Cola donated $1 million to CU Anschutz to help Hill spread his message…
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