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April 30, 2012

From Reuters, Special Report, April 27, 2012 by Duff Wilson and Janet Roberts

Special Report: How Washington went soft on childhood obesity.

"In the political arena, one side is winning the war on childhood obesity. James H. Davidson believes in the First Amendment. The former college newspaper editor turned lawyer turned Senate aid is now one of the most powerful lobbyists in Washington. For two decades, Davidson has been the point man for the advertising industry in free speech issues. More recently, his clients have also included the food and beverage companies in alliance with advertisers. They have joined forces to lead the fight against the proposed government guidelines on sugar, salt and fat in food marketed to 2- to 17-year olds. Davidson also says there is no proof that food marketing causes obesity, and without it, there is no legal basis for restricting the ads."

"The First Amendment protects this type of speech," he said.

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