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Charles O ('Charlie') Whitley    

— An aide to Rep Dave Henderson (also a key tobacco lobbyist) who himself became a Congressman and a tobacco lobbyist. —  

Some key documents

    A "low-key country lawyer from Mount Olive who never moved to Washington. He kept his home in Mt Olive and continued to teach men's Sunday School at the First Baptist Church.

1960 (c): arrived at Capitol Hill as an aide to tobacco lobbyist and Rep Dave Henderson of North Carolina.

1967 Nov: Administrative Assistant to Republican tobacco lobbyist, Rep David Henderson of North Carolina.

1976 Nov: Charles Whitley left David Henderson's staff and ran for Congress. He was successful and was in Congress for ten years representing the 3rd District - Eastern North Carolina.

1987 /E: Left Congress

1987 Jan 13: He had become a member of a group of Tobacco Institute staff and cigarette company lobbyists known as the "The Washington Working Group" who are meeting for a review of the new Surgeon General's Report.

    They are also told to read "Tobacco Smoke and the Nonsmokers: Scientific Intergrity at the Crossroads" before the meeting.The TI has just published this as both an 56 page booklet and 8-page executive summary pamphlet in December 1986. It had been embargoed until Dec 4.

    According to a Philip Morris memo it had been

"prepared by counsel to the Tobacco Institute.
      This publication is very similar to the Ochover, '86 update of the Shook, Hardy and Bacon paper which was distributed to you recently."

See booklet
Philip Morris memo

1987 July: Charles O Whitley, an ex Congressman and now a tobacco industry lobbyist, appeared before the House Committee on Ways and Means as a representative of the Tobacco Institute. He is opposing any increase in excise taxes.

1987 Sept: Representative Whitley (The Honorable) is a witness for tobacco, He is also a consultant (counsel??) to the Tobacco Institute

1988 June 2: Tobacco lawyers Covington & Burling have drafted the statements which are to be made by Charles Whitley and David Satterfield III who are appearing for the Tobacco Institute at the (June 1988) Luken Subcommittee hearing.

    There are also drafts of the statements to be signed by Dr Raymond D Harbison and Dr Gerald H Goldhaber and given to the hearing by Whitley.

1990 June: The Tobacco Institute's Communications Activity Report of 461 pages has trasncript of his appearance before the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health and the Environment (House). Page 259

    He has been asked by the Tobacco Institute to present their views on warning labels.

1990 June: to July Brennan Dawson's report of his activities to the Tobacco Institute's Communications Committee

Chairman Henry Waxman's Subcommittee on Health and the Environment held a hearing on the "Tobacco Control and Health Protection Act."

    A panel comprised of Charles O. Whitley, Dr. Richard Mizerski and Dr. Gerald Goldhaber testified on behalf of The Institute, addressing allegations about the purpose of tobacco advertising, marketing strategies, smoking and youth and other related matters. Additionally, Floyd Abrams represented The Institute on a panel of First Amendment experts.

1992 Oct: The Tobacco Institute's Budget for 1993 has a list of Legislative Consultants. He has been allocated a budgetted fee of $155,000

1994 Mar 23: An Article Tobacco's mild-mannered man. talks about his 34 years on Capitol Hill. He is now a "lead lobbyist for one of the most targeted interest groups in Washington but is about to give up Lobbying — aged 67

1994 Dec 14: Dept of Justice formally being asked to investigate various members of the tobacco industry for fraud, statements made + criminal conspiracy; RICO violations, false claims and unpaid taxes. He is listed here.

1996 Jan 16: Bill Adams writes to Michele Radell at the Tobacco Institute:

Please follow our normal billing and payment procedures for Charlie Whitley for the month of January.

    Effective February 1, 1996 we should stop automatic payments to Charlie. It is possible that there will be future ad hoc payments to Charlie.

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