Karil L Kochenderfer

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1986 June 12-13 The Tobacco Institute's "College of Tobacco Knowledge" records a brief biography:

Karil L Kochenderfer: Account executive, Fleishman-Hillard, Inc., D.C. As a graduate of the University of Michigan, Karil worked for the firm of Yankelvich, Skelly and White. She has worked on the Hill with numerous congressional offices and is currently active in several political campaigns. [2]

1988 Sep 8 Kay Thomas at the Tobacco Institute is dealing with Karil L Kochenderfer of Fleishman Hillard Inc. who scheduled and conducted the media and Scientific Witness Team tours for the tobacco industry. They have identified a list of 'state policy-makers targeted to receive a copy of the Katzenstein article. These are all officials dealing with air-quality and health issues [3]

1989 In his later deposition whistleblower Jeff Seckler testifies that Kay Thomas Packett was in charge of the Tobacco Institute's Scientific Witness Team program (SWT). He said

"Shortly thereafter I received a copy of an internal memo sent to Diana Avedon who coordinated the schedules of TI's scientific witnesses, by Brenda Babcock of TI, telling Avedon that I did a great job.
Exhibit A. Babcock was the Northwest Regional TI representative who worked with Kay Thomas Packett, who was in charge of TI's scientific witness program.

This team of scientists, lawyers and technicians was paid to tour various regions of the USA and provide propaganda and witness services -- appearing at hearings into public smoking bans, advising local councils, debating anti-smoking groups on television, etc. They generally maintained that they were independent experts, and never admitted that they were paid by the cigarette companies.