The strategy in the soda fight is ‘‘straight out of tobacco,’’ Glantz said.
Hazel Dukes, the NAACP’s New York president, bristled at the idea that the nearly 104-year-old group was swayed by the soda industry’s support.
‘‘No one buys the NAACP,’’ she said in a telephone interview, noting that foundations also have contributed to the organization’s obesity-fighting initiatives.
Soda makers’ money ‘‘is not the issue here,’’ she said. ‘‘The issue is fairness.’’
The Hispanic Federation’s current president, Jose Calderon, didn’t immediately return calls Tuesday and Wednesday.
Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. and Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo Inc. didn’t immediately respond to requests Wednesday for comment on their ties to the advocacy groups.
The regulation’s critics also argue that the first-of-its-kind restriction should have gone before the elected City Council instead of being approved by the Bloomberg-appointed Board of Health, a view echoed Wednesday by a lawyer for nine of the 51 council members. The city says the board of doctors and other health professionals had both the authority and expertise to make the decision.
During Bloomberg’s 11-year tenure, the city also has made chain restaurants post calorie counts on their menus and barred artificial trans fats in French fries and other restaurant food.
Associated Press food industry writer Candice Choi and medical writer Mike Stobbe contributed to this report.
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