Monthly Archives: July 2014

LeBron and Melo Have Nothing on Eric Cantor

The New York Times – July 15, 2014

The Cantor sweepstakes has become a source of fascination within the backslapping carousel of the capital. “He’s got a lot of private-sector friends he has done favors for,” says Tom Davis, a former Republican congressman from Virginia who now works for Deloitte & Touche. “I think it would be easy for him to become Eric Cantor Inc. and make a few million dollars a year.” After all, Cantor, whose net worth is already listed between $4.4 million and $14.3 million, will soon be unburdened by pesky House ethics and disclosures and restrictions. Given his contacts and pedigree, he could one day eclipse the Tauzin Line, which is named for the former Louisiana congressman Billy Tauzin, who made $11.6 million as a pharmaceutical lobbyist in 2010. Even if he follows the more modest route of Dick Gephardt, the former House majority leader, he’ll still do O.K. Gephardt, who played a convincing working-class hero during his two Democratic presidential campaigns, now runs a consulting firm that made $4.8 million in lobbying income alone last year.

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Former Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.) is helping to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank

The Hill – July 9, 2014

Former Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.) is helping the National Association of Manufacturers with the group’s push to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank before its charter expires on Sept. 30. The trade association hired Gephardt Group Government Affairs and has a team of three other lobbyists working on the account. Advocates for the bank are squaring off against conservative critics who equate the lending activities to crony capitalism.

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Political Battle Over Export Bank Heats Up

The Wall Street Journal – July 6th 2014

“Their goal is to combat the most serious threat yet to the survival of the agency, which is under assault by new House leadership and conservative groups that say it amounts to corporate welfare. … The business groups have brought in big names such as former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, a Democrat, and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, to promote the bank’s worth.

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Political Battle Over Export Bank Heats Up

Wall Street Journal – July 6, 2014

“Their goal is to combat the most serious threat yet to the survival of the agency, which is under assault by new House leadership and conservative groups that say it amounts to corporate welfare. … The business groups have brought in big names such as former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, a Democrat, and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, to promote the bank’s worth. Hamilton Place Strategies, hired to lobby on the issue for the manufacturers, has created a ‘war room’ to provide rapid response to counter critics via email and social media.”

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The Costly Lobbying War Over America’s Dying Honeybees

National Journal – July 1, 2014

In an effort to protect their product, pesticide makers are loading up on high-powered lobbyists. Bayer, the largest manufacturer of neonics, has signed former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt’s firm to lobby on the issue, according to disclosure records filed at the end of June. Gephardt himself is listed as a lobbyist for the company, along with his former chief of staff, Thomas O’Donnell, and aide Sharon Daniels.

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