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Clinton’s Campaign Inner Circle Is Stacked With Off-Message Lobbyists

- February 11, 2016

On The Campaign Trail Clinton Promises To Defend Dodd-Frank, And Defend Obama For "Taking On Wall Street." "Hillary Clinton is campaigning as a guardian of President Barack Obama's progressive policy accomplishments. In recent weeks, she has called the Affordable Care Act 'one of the greatest accomplishments of President Obama, of the Democratic Party and of our country,' and promised that she is 'going to defend Dodd-Frank' and 'defend President Obama for taking on Wall Street.'" (Lee Fang, "Top Hillary Clinton Advisors And Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare," The Intercept, 2/8/16)

Many Of The Campaign Strategists And Fundraisers Clinton Has Relied On For Her Campaign Have Lobbied "For Business Interests Working To Obstruct Obama's Agenda In Those Two Areas." "Meanwhile, however, Clinton's campaign has been relying on a team of strategists and fundraisers many of whom spent much of the last seven years as consultants or lobbyists for business interests working to obstruct Obama's agenda in those two areas." (Lee Fang, "Top Hillary Clinton Advisors And Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare," The Intercept, 2/8/16)

"Clinton's Inner Circle, However, Has Lobbied To Help Obstruct And Roll Back Many Of Dodd-Frank's Signature Reforms." (Lee Fang, "Top Hillary Clinton Advisors And Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare," The Intercept, 2/8/16)

Senior Clinton Campaign Insiders Have Lobbied For Drug Companies And Against Obamacare

Dewey Square Groups Consultants Are "Playing A Major Role In The Clinton Campaign." "Consultants associated with the Dewey Square Group, a lobbying firm that has been retained by business interests to defeat a variety of progressive reforms, are playing a major role in the Clinton campaign." (Lee Fang, "Top Hillary Clinton Advisors And Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare," The Intercept, 2/8/16)

Dewey Was On Retainer By The National Restaurant Association in 2009, As They Were "Lobbying Aggressively To Block Health Reform Rules To Require Employers To Provide Health Coverage To Their Employees." "In 2009, Dewey was also retained by the National Restaurant Association, which at the time was lobbying aggressively to block health reform rules to require employers to provide health coverage to their employees. The National Restaurant Association, derided by labor activists as "the other NRA" for its role in lobbying against efforts to raise the minimum wage, paid Dewey $772,110 that year." (Lee Fang, "Top Hillary Clinton Advisors And Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare," The Intercept, 2/8/16)

The Co-Founder Of Dewey, Charles Baker III, Is A Senior Strategists And The Clinton Campaign's Chief Administrative Officer. "Charles Baker III, the co-founder of Dewey, is a senior strategist and the campaign's chief administrative officer." (Lee Fang, "Top Hillary Clinton Advisors And Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare," The Intercept, 2/8/16)

Baker Was Also A Registered Lobbyist For The Medicines Company, A Drug Firm Which Was Trying To Influence Health Reform. "Charles Baker, the Dewey co-founder who now serves as a senior strategist to the Clinton campaign, was also registered to influence health reform on behalf of the Medicines Company, a drug firm." (Lee Fang, "Top Hillary Clinton Advisors And Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare," The Intercept, 2/8/16)

Heather Podesta, "Having Personally Raised At Least $348,581" For Clintons Campaign "Is One Of The Several Lobbyists Now Fundraising For The Campaign Who Previously Worked For Insurance Interests To Influence Health Reform." "Heather Podesta is one of the most prolific fundraisers for the Clinton campaign, having personally raised at least $348,581 according to recently filed disclosures. In 2009 and 2010, Podesta worked as lobbyist for the health insurance company Cigna. While working for Cigna to influence the health reform bill, Cigna was one of several large health insurers to secretly provide over $86 million in secret payments used to air negative television and radio advertisements to defeat the law. Heather Podesta is one of several lobbyists now fundraising for the campaign who previously worked for insurance interests to influence health reform. Irene Bueno, a fundraiser who raised $26,675, lobbied on behalf of CareMore (a division of health insurer Anthem) and Blue Shield of California to influence health reform as the bill was being debated. Bueno and Podesta did not respond to a request for comment." (Lee Fang, "Top Hillary Clinton Advisors And Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare," The Intercept, 2/8/16)

Clinton Campaign Insiders Have Also Lobbied For Wall Street Banks

As A Consultant, Joel Benenson, Clinton's "Chief Pollster And Strategist" Had Clients Who Have "Worked Over The Years To Weaken A Variety Of Dodd-Frank Reforms" Including "The Financial Services Forum, A Lobbying Group For Wall Street Interests Such As Citigroup And Goldman Sachs." "The Benenson Strategy Group, the consulting firm run by Joel Benenson, now serving as the Clinton campaign's chief pollster and strategist, was retained by the Financial Services Forum, a lobbying group for Wall Street interests such as Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. Lobbying records show the Financial Services Forum has worked over the years to weaken a variety of Dodd-Frank reforms. In 2013, the Financial Services Forum paid Benenson's firm $273,459 to lobby on a number of rules that were mandated by Dodd-Frank, including capital requirements designed to prevent another financial crisis. Danny Franklin, a partner with the Benenson Stategy Group, wrote to The Intercept to say the Financial Services Forum is not currently a client of his firm, but declined to comment any further." (Lee Fang, "Top Hillary Clinton Advisors And Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare," The Intercept, 2/8/16)

"Benenson Has Also Represented J.P. Morgan Chase And Bank Of America, Among Other Corporate Clients." "As IBTimes reported, Benenson has also represented J.P. Morgan Chase and Bank of America, among other corporate clients." (Lee Fang, "Top Hillary Clinton Advisors And Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare," The Intercept, 2/8/16)

Clinton's Campaign Adviser And Fundraiser Steve Elmendorf, "Was Retained By Goldman Sachs As One Of The Bank's 'Primary Lobbyists' Working To Weaken the Dodd-Frank Bill." "Steve Elmendorf, a campaign adviser and fundraiser who has collected $30,505 for Clinton, was retained by Goldman Sachs as one of the bank's "primary lobbyists" working to weaken the Dodd-Frank bill. Records show that after the bill was signed into law, Elmendorf continued to work on behalf of a number of Wall Street clients to ensure the implementation was favorable to financial industry interests." (Lee Fang, "Top Hillary Clinton Advisors And Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare," The Intercept, 2/8/16)

Elmendorf Was Also "Tapped By Citigroup" To "Pass The Swap Jurisdiction Clarity Act" Which "Allow Banks To Avoid Financial Regulation By Moving Some Operations Overseas." "Elmendorf was tapped by Citigroup, for example, to help the House of Representatives pass the Swap Jurisdiction Clarity Act, a bill strongly supported by Republican leadership in Congress to allow banks to avoid financial regulations by moving some operations overseas - a change that experts say could lead to another financial meltdown." (Lee Fang, "Top Hillary Clinton Advisors And Fundraisers Lobbied Against Obamacare," The Intercept, 2/8/16)


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