Craig Fuller

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Craig Fuller is a Director of the medication therapy management company PharmMD, a position he was appointed to in August 2007. [1] He also works at the PR firm APCO Worldwide, as a member of APCO's International Advisory Council and executive vice president; [2] and serves on the advisory board of the Aspen Institute's Health Stewardship Project. [3]

Prior to joining PharmMD, Fuller had worked been an adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, a senior campaign advisor to Bush/Quayle's losing 1992 Presidential campaign and as chairman of the 1992 Republican National Convention. He has been the president and CEO of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, senior vice president for corporate affairs at Philip Morris Companies and head of the board of directors practice at Korn/Ferry International. Fuller has also worked for various PR firms including The Wexler Group, Hill & Knowlton and Burson-Marsteller. [4]

Documents & Timeline

1981 A biographical note states that Fuller worked "for eight years in the White House as assistant to President Reagan for cabinet affairs and then as chief of staff to Vice President George H.W. Bush. He later served as co-director of President-elect Bush's transition team." [5]

1988 Oct 28 A Jack Anderson column: '"Bush aide linked to environment probe" is about the scandals that broke up the Sagebush Rebellion staffers who had been given the spoils of the Reagan Campaign in 1981 -- and messed it up. The most obvious scandal (among many) was the EPA's non-action over the Superfund clean-up and the use of the money for political purposes. This was run by Anne Gorsuch Burford (EPA Administrator) and her deputy Rita Lavelle (both fired). His article begins:

George Bush didn't have to go to Boston Harbor to find an environmental scandal. His own right-hand man appears to have been wading in the Rita-Lavelle-Superfund quagmire.

Craig Fuller, now Bush's chief or staff, was a "worker bee" running messages between the White House and Lavelle at the EPA during the Superfund scandal of 1982 and 1983, according to Lavelle. In an interview Lavelle said that Fuller was well aware of the scheme to funnel Superfund cleanup money to the states where it would help Republican candidates. But she said Fuller, then secretary of Cabinet Affairs, did not engineer the scheme. The Superfund was authorized by Congress to clean up hazardous waste.

[[[Craig Fuller was then employed by Philip Morris and became one of the top dissemblers and science corrupters for the tobacco industry.]

Lavelle says she frequently informed Fuller about matters in the Superfund program, including a briefing about apparent political manipulation of the program. To this day, Lavelle maintains her innocense in the scheme, and claims she protested the alleged manipulation. Lavelle served a prison term for lying to Congress about the issue.

[She was support in this claim by exEPA Administrator Anne Gorsuch Burford in her book. Gorsuch-Burford was fired as a result of the scandal, [and] writes that she suspected the White House of guiding Lavelle".

Even former Attorney General Edwin Meese linked Fuller and Lavelle. Meese was asked about Lavelle in his confirmation hearing. "I do not recall every talking with her about any particular toxic waste site. I suspect she may be confusing me with Craig Fuller in that testimony."

Lavelle says she told Fuller about the apprarent politicizing of Superfund money and asked him to convey her protest over it to the White House. It was after she alerted Fuller that Lavelle says the White House launched a scheme to frame her. "Me going to jail was a result of that," she said. "It is not fair to blame Craig Fuller - He was a foot soldier," said Lavelle. She blames Meese, former White House aide Michael Deaver, and counsel Fred Fielding.


[Lavelle, Gorsuch and most of their associates were part of the Sagebrush Rebellion, funded by Joseph Coors via the Mountain States Legal Foundation and the Heritage Foundation. Lawyer Edwin Meese was Coor's bag-man and direct channel to these organisations.

1989 "Upon leaving the White House, Fuller joined The Wexler Group, later acquired by Hill & Knowlton, where he served as president of its U.S. operations and head of worldwide public affairs," it states. [6]

Working for Phillip Morris

1992 Fuller was appointed as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Philip Morris (PM).

Using his knowledge of how government agencies and processes work, Fuller described to the PM Board of Directors a strategy to "slow down the [1992] environmental tobacco smoke risk assessment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency," a formalized description of the health effects of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. In his capacity as VP of Corporate Affairs at PM, Craig Fuller was also kept apprised of the activities of the National Smokers Alliance, a "smokers rights" group clandestinely organized and funded by PM. [2] [3][4]

 ??? Korn Ferry + Burson Marsteller A biographical note states that after leaving PM Fuller "led the board of directors practice at Korn/Ferry International and served as vice chairman of Burson-Marsteller." [7]

2007 Aug Fuller on the board of PharmaMD

SourceWatch resources


  1. PharmMD, "Craig Fuller Joins PharmMD Board", Media Release, PR Newswire, August 20, 2007.
  2. "Craig L. Fuller," APCO Worldwide, accessed January 2008.
  3. Press release, "Christine Todd Whitman, Julie Gerberding and Joseph Hogan Join Mark Ganz to Lead Aspen Institute Health Stewardship Project," Aspen Institute via PR Newswire, January 14, 2008.
  4. PharmMD, "Craig Fuller Joins PharmMD Board", Media Release, PR Newswire, August 20, 2007.
  5. PharmMD, "Craig Fuller Joins PharmMD Board", Media Release, PR Newswire, August 20, 2007.
  6. PharmMD, "Craig Fuller Joins PharmMD Board", Media Release, PR Newswire, August 20, 2007.
  7. PharmMD, "Craig Fuller Joins PharmMD Board", Media Release, PR Newswire, August 20, 2007.

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