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Kurt Malmgren was a Senior Vice President of State Activities at the Tobacco Institute in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1999, he was also Vice President of State Government Affairs at pharmaceutical trade and lobbying group PhRMA, and a member of the Private Enterprise Board of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
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- American Legislative Exchange Council, 1998 Form 990, form filed with the IRS and available via Guidestar.org, May 14, 1999
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