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AAFP Hires Mark Cribben as Director of FamMedPAC
New Political Action Committee Will Provide Voice for Family Physicians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 20, 2005
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224
The PAC will make contributions to candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Candidates who receive FamMedPAC contributions will be chosen based on criteria which are expected to include such factors as whether the candidate is a family physician, his or her membership on important legislative committees, and his or her voting record and positions on issues that relate to priorities of family physicians and their patients.
As director, Cribben will manage the collection, accounting and disbursement of PAC funds. He will help the PAC Board in its fundraising and will advise the PAC board in its decisions about setting the criteria for campaign contributions. Cribben will be based out of the AAFP’s Washington, D.C. office.
“As our choice for the director of FamMedPac, Mark Cribben will strive to help make it one of the largest and most active medical society PACs in Washington,” said Michael Fleming, M.D., of Shreveport, La., chair of the FamMedPAC Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to have him on board.”
Prior to joining the AAFP, Cribben was the political action director with the American College of Emergency Physicians, where he spent four years overseeing all aspects of PAC activities, including designing fundraising campaigns and attending political events. Additionally, he was a government affairs representative and registered lobbyist for Kent and O’Connor, Inc. Both positions were in Washington, D.C.
Cribben received a bachelor of arts in American Government from the University of Virginia and a juris doctor from George Mason University School of Law.
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