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Pioneer Profiles: George W. Bush's $100,000 Club
Name: Craig Keeland
Occupation: President, Youngevity, Inc.
Industry: Health
Home: Dallas, Texas

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Youngevity sells herbal “anti-aging” and ephedrine weight-loss products. Keeland contributed $1,001 to Bush’s gubernatorial campaign in late ‘97, when the Texas Department of Health was drafting tough new regulations to govern marketing and labeling of ephedrine weight-loss products, which were linked to eight Texas deaths since ’93. Then the industry orchestrated a lobbying and political contribution blitz, hiring Pioneer Tom Loeffler’s lobby firm. Bush’s Texas Board of Health (including Pioneer Bill Ceverha’s wife) and the Texas Health Commissioner voted in ’99 to replace their staff’s tough ephedrine rules with indulgent rules drafted by the industry. This change benefited ephedrine vendors such as Keeland.

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