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Clinton's Off Message Lobbyist Fundraiser

- March 21, 2016

Today, Major Federal Lobbyists Steve Elmendorff, David Castagnetti, Joel Johnson, And Jeff Forbes Are Fundraising For Clinton In Washington, D.C. "Lunch with John Podesta, Campaign Chair, Official Event, Washington, District of Columbia, Hosted By Susan Brophy, Ann Castagnetti, David Castagnetti, Steve Elmendorff, Jeff Forbes, And Joel Johnson" ("Lunch With John Podesta," The Sunlight Foundation's Political Party Time, Accessed 3/1/16)

Goldman Sachs And Monsanto Lobbyist Steve Elmendorf Is A Major Fundraising Bundler For Clinton's Campaign

Steve Elmendorf Has Bundled $172,320 For Clinton's Campaign. (Federal Election Commission, Accessed 3/3/16)

Steve Elmendorf Is Also A Clinton Campaign Adviser And "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)

Clinton Has Attacked Both Monsanto And Big Banks

Clinton Issued A Statement Linking Monsanto To Contaminated Waters In New York. "Following reports that the water in Hoosick Falls, New York, May be contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and that Monsanto may have influenced provisions in the House version of a bill to overhaul and update our nation's toxic substance laws, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement…" (Hillary Clinton, Twitter Feed, 3/3/6)

During A January 2015 Democrat Debate Clinton Defended Dodd-Frank And Said "There Should Be No Bank Too Big To Fail, And No Individual Too Powerful To Jail." CLINTON: "There's no daylight on the basic premise that there should be no bank too big to fail, and no individual too powerful to jail. We agree on that. But where we disagree is the comments that Senator Sanders has made that don't just affect me, I can take that, but he's criticized President Obama for taking donations from Wall Street. And President Obama has led our country out of the Great Recession. Senator Sanders called him weak, disappointing, he even in 2011 publicly sought someone to run in a primary against president Obama. Now, I personally believe that President Obama's work to push through the Dodd Frank, the Dodd Frank bill and then to sign it was one of the most important regulatory schemes we've had since the 1930s. So I'm going to defend Dodd Frank, and I'm going to defend President Obama for taking on Wall Street, taking on the financial industry, and getting results." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At NBC Democrat Primary Presidential Debate, Charleston, SC, 1/18/16)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals LobbyIST David Castagnetti Will BE in attendance At Clinton's Fundraiser

David Castagnetti Lobbied For Valeant Pharmaceuticals Last Quarter. (Lobbying Records Disclosure Act, Accessed 3/1/16)

Castagnetti Has Also Given $2,700 To Clinton's 2016 Campaign. ( Center For Responsive Politics , Accessed 3/1/16)

On The Campaign Trail Clinton Has Attacked Valeant Pharmaceuticals

In An Online Ad, Clinton Attacks Valeant Pharmaceuticals For Its Price Hikes, Saying She Will Go After Their "Predatory Pricing" And "Make Sure It Is Stopped." CLINTON: "This is a letter from someone who is here, she has to take a brand name drug, but take it since the early 1980s, at that time, it costs approximately $180 for 10 shots. The latest refill, was $14,700 for the same ten vials. The company is called Valeant Pharmaceuticals. I'm going after them, this is predatory pricing, and we are going to make sure it is stopped." (Hillary For America TV Ad, " Predatory," 3/1/16)

EX-Astrazeneca PHarmaceuticals And PhRMA Lobbyist Joel Johnson Is Also Going To BE in attendance At Clinton's Fundraiser

Joel Johnson Lobbied For AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals In 2014. (Lobbying Records Disclosure Act, Accessed 3/16/16)

Joel Johnson Lobbied For The Pharmaceutical Research And Manufacturers Of America (PhRMA) In 2011. (Lobbying Records Disclosure Act, Accessed 3/16/16)

Clinton Has Called The Pharmaceuticals Industry One Of Her Biggest Enemies

Clinton Has "Proudly" Declared That Drug Industries Are "One Of Her Biggest Enemies." "Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has received more campaign cash from drug companies than any candidate in either party, even as she proudly declares the industry is one of her biggest enemies." (Sarah Ferris, "Clinton Tops 2016 Field In Drug Industry Donations," The Hill, 10/17/15)

EX-NRA LobbyIST JEFF FROBES Is Also Going To BE in attendance At Clinton's Fundraiser

Clinton Is Fundraising With Ex-NRA Lobbyist Jeff Forbes. "Hillary Clinton's campaign will hold a fundraiser in Washington on March 21 that will feature as one of its hosts Jeff Forbes, who until the end of last year worked as a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. Forbes, a former chief of staff to former Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), was registered as a lobbyist for the NRA Institute from 2009 until the end of 2015 on issues such as protecting Second Amendment rights, and regulation and gun control, according to lobbying disclosures." (Paul Blumenthal, "Hillary Clinton To Raise Money From Ex-NRA Lobbyist," The Huffington Post , 2/1/16)

Forbes Contributed $2,700 To Clinton's Campaign In April When He Was Still Lobbying Against Gun Control. "He donated $2,700 to the Clinton campaign in April when he was still registered to lobby against gun control. In addition, a colleague at his Forbes-Tate lobbying shop, Elizabeth Greer, also donated $2,700 while registered to lobby for the NRA." (Paul Blumenthal, "Hillary Clinton To Raise Money From Ex-NRA Lobbyist," The Huffington Post , 2/1/16)

On The Campaign Trail, Clinton Attacks The Gun Lobby

Clinton Has Called For More Gun Control Reforms On The Campaign Trail. CLINTON: "And I will tell you, I am going to fight for new, effective, gun control measures. I got to tell you, it is just heartbreaking, it is sickening to me to see another massacre. People should not have to be afraid to go to college like this one, or go to the movie theater, or go to bible study. What is wrong with us that we can't stand up to the NRA, and the gun lobby and the gun manufacturers they represent? You know, this is not just tragic; you don't just need to pray for people, we need to act. And we need to build a movement. It's infuriating, every time there's another massacre, Republicans and the NRA say, 'now is not the time to talk about guns.' Yes it is. But more than talk, it is time to act." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Broward College, Davie, FL, 10/2/15)


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