Who's Who among Apartheid's Friends in the U.S. and their Campaign Against Sanactions and Disinvestment

ICCR Brief
(Vol. 18 No. 3)
by Richard Leonard, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
New York, New York, United States
Publisher: Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
4 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The pamphlet reports on the millions of dollars being spent on propaganda and lobbying in the U.S. by the South African government and its agents. Activities include meetings with federal and local elected officials, more than 1,000 "influential foreign visitors" hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs, contacts with local U.S. congregations by a religious liaison at the South African embassy, and advertising and promotions by the South African Tourist Board in New York, Chicago, and Beverly Hills. Lobbying and public relations firms that are discussed include the law firm of John O. Sears, Riley & Fox, Inc., George Smathers and James Symington, William Keyes’ International Public Affairs Consultants, Inc., United International Consultants, Philip J. Hare, Pearson & Pitkin, Inc., Thomas A. Bolan, Donald G. Johnson, Kathleen Rothchild, Mario Smoak and Carl Shipley’s Namibia News Bureau, and Modern Talking Pictures Service. It also discusses the South African business lobby, including the South Africa Foundation and South African Forum. The pamphlet also discusses U.S. corporations that continue to lobbying against federal, state, and city sanctions against South Africa despite having sold their subsidiaries there, including IBM, Mobil Corporation, and Shell Oil. The document also reports on the argument against sanctions by companies and other conservative groups (including religious groups) asserting that sanctions will hurt South African blacks and that corporations should instead invest in "black empowerment" there.
Used by permission of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root