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‘Is it safe, is it not safe?': Fox host speculates metric system brought down AirAsia flight

Fox News – December 28th, 2014

On Fox & Friends Sunday, host Anna Kooiman introduced an interview with former FAA official Scott Brenner about how “the different way other countries train their pilots may be the real reason” for the crash.

K Street Files: Democratic Lobbyists Still Have Value

Roll Call – November 19th, 2014

Rob Epplin, a vice president of Gephardt Government Affairs and a former Senate GOP aide, said Democrats are “absolutely” part of the strategy, especially when working the Senate.

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Phones light up at GOP lobby firms

The Hill – November 6th, 2014

Gephardt Government Affairs, founded by former Democratic Rep. Dick Gephardt (Mo.), has prominent Republicans on staff, including George W. Bush administration official Scott Brenner

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Top Lobbyists 2014: Hired Guns

The Hill – October 10th, 2014

Tom O’Donnell, Gephardt Group Government Affairs
O’Donnell helped former Rep. Dick Gephardt hang a shingle seven years ago and has been scoring high-profile clients

Marti Thomas, The Duberstein Group Inc.
From America’s  Health Insurance Plans to Goldman Sachs and The Weather Co., Duberstein has a flourishing book of business.

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Lyft has enlisted Gephardt Group Government Affairs

Politico – September 14, 2014

Ride-sharing startup Lyft has enlisted Gephardt Group Government Affairs to fight policies that inhibit its operation, according to Senate lobbying disclosure records.

This is the company’s third federal lobbying registration since it came to Washington earlier this year, POLITICO Influence reports today. TwinLogic Strategies and Jochum Shore & Trossevin lobby for Lyft on similar issues. The company has expanded rapidly this year despite a variety of policy battles in state and local markets and a growing rivalry with competitor Uber.

Three Gephardt lobbyists will represent the company: Scott Brenner, formerly of the Department of Homeland Security and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Kyle Mulhall, who was counsel for former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt; and Robert Epplin, a former Senate aide.

Lyft spent $20,000 on lobbying in the first half of the year, according to Senate records.

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Boeing battles for bank’s survival

The Hill – August 27, 2014

Boeing is pulling out all the stops in an aggressive campaign to save the Export-Import Bank. The aerospace giant is employing a high-powered team of lobbyists as it presses lawmakers to reauthorize the 80-year-old agency before its charter expires on Sept. 30.

The company has poured $4.18 million into its lobbying operation in recent months, a 6 percent increase over the second quarter of 2013, and has at least 18 lobbyists working on financial services issues alone.

It has also hired two outside lobbying firms, the Gephardt Group and Clark Geduldig Cranford & Nielsen, to push for the bank’s renewal. Both firms worked for Boeing during the last fight over Ex-Im reauthorization in 2012.

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Close loopholes to fix economy

The World Link – August 04, 2014

1986 U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley and House Rep. Dick Gephardt introduced bills in Congress eliminating most corporate tax loopholes.

Both bills passed legislation. When the final bill reached President Regan’s desk, he signed it into law. He said, “We are going to close the unproductive loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their share.”

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Carbon captured from power plants potential key to future oil production

St. Louis Today – August 03, 2014

This summer, the nonprofit Center for Climate and Energy Solutions offered a seminar for Capitol Hill staffers on the merits of capturing carbon dioxide from power plants to boost oil production while storing the gas underground. Speakers included representatives of Arch Coal; the AFL-CIO; the Natural Resources Defense Council’s climate program manager; and former Missouri Democratic Rep. Dick Gephardt.

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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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