Ocasio-Cortez BTFO's Corporate Lobbyists At Congressional Orientation Event

Chris Menahan
Dec. 07, 2018

I think I'm going to like the new Democratic Party.

From The Hill:
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is criticizing the presence of lobbyists at a traditional bipartisan orientation program for newly elected Congressional lawmakers.

[...]Ocasio-Cortez is in Cambridge, Mass., for the Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress. The program, which started in 1972, is hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics in collaboration with the American Enterprise Institute, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Congressional Institute.

Andrew Schwartz, chief communications officer at CSIS, told the Hill the agenda had been sent out to participants on Nov. 8, two days after Election Day.

Lobbyists did participate in the program, according to the agenda.

Dan Meyer, the president of the Duberstein Group, Inc., a lobbying firm, spoke on a panel entitled, “White House Congressional Relations: How to Advocate for Your Priorities” on Wednesday alongside the firm’s vice president, Anne Wall.

Joining them on the panel were CVS Health’s vice president of federal affairs, Amy Rosenbaum, who is a former aide to Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), as well as Oracle’s vice president for government affairs, Josh Pitcock, a former aide to Vice President Mike Pence.

[...]The agenda also included Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs and former director of the National Economic Council.

Cohn spoke on a panel with Jason Furman, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under former President Obama, Karen Dynan, former assistant secretary for economic policy and chief economist at the Treasury Department and Michael Strain, director of economic policy studies and resident scholar at AEI, according to the agenda obtained by the Hill.

[...]A discussion with business leaders was held Wednesday morning and included General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg.
Newly elected congresswoman Rashida Tlaib also dropped this bomb on Twitter:

If Republicans don't start talking like Tucker Carlson and standing up to special interests like these ladies they're are going to have their asses handed to them.

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