David M. Powers

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David Powers is the Vice President of State Government Relations at Reynolds American Inc,[1] He was Regional Director of State Government Relations in RJR's Region IV, circa 1996. Region IV included California, Alaska, Oklahoma and Texas.[2] He was a registered lobbyist for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company from 2001-2003 in New York City.[3]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Powers is also the Treasurer of the corporate ("Private Enterprise") board of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)[4] and the corporate co-chair of ALEC's International Relations Task Force as of 2011.[5]

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  1. "David Powers elected to board of governors for the University of North Carolina." Company press release, April 13, 2011
  2. R.J. Reynolds, Performance Record: David M. Powers, Regional Director, internal Performance Objectives Review document available in Tobacco Library, January 9, 1996
  3. "David Powers.", NYC Lobbyist Search site, accessed June 2, 2001
  4. "Private Enterprise Board." American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC.org. Accessed July 8, 2011.
  5. International Relations," organization website, accessed June 29, 2011
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