Millionaires lobby to raise their own taxes

June 22nd, 2016  |  Source:

The Patriotic Millionaires, a group of wealthy Americans who argue they should pay higher taxes, registered to lobby for the first time. Gene Haigh, the group's SVP of government affairs, is focusing on Sen. Tammy Baldwin's (D-Wis.) and House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin's (D-Mich.) bill to close the carried interest loophole, spokesman Justin Strekal tells PI. The group's lobby day on Thursday will feature its chairman, former BlackRock managing director Morris Pearl, and Art Lipson, a Salt Lake City hedge fund manager who has been pressuring his senator, Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a chief opponent of the bill.

— Nestlé retained Louise Hilsen, its former VP of government relations now a public policy adviser at Kelley Drye, to lobby on fulfilling the Harkin-Engel Protocol and the U.S. DOL 2010 Framework of Action on child labor in cocoa production.

— Hayden Rogers, Pete Lawson and Nicole Venable of the Bockorny Group are lobbying for KFC/Taco Bell/Pizza Hut parent YumBrands on the joint employer standard.

— Thomas Blank's Belvedere Strategies will represent Turkey as a subcontractor to Gephardt Group Government Affairs, to promote pro-Turkey bills, grow Turkey's congressional caucus, lobby Congress and the administration on issues important to Turkey, monitor issues affecting the country, prepare analysis briefs and help embassy officials get into key social events.

— The Commercial Real Estate Finance Council retained Forbes-Tate Partners after a recent leadership restructuring. Forbes-Tate lobbyists Jeff Strunk, Jeff Forbes, Dan Tate, Ryan Welch, Libby Greer, John Buscher, Frank Steinberg, and Jay Driscoll will assist CREFC with advocacy on commercial real estate market liquidity and regulation.


TRUMP TROUBLE I: "Donald Trump’s campaign started the month with a paltry $1.3 million in cash — a mere fraction of Hillary Clinton's $42.5 million war chest — putting the GOP front-runner at a sharp disadvantage heading into the general election against Clinton’s money machine," Ken Vogel and I report. "And it’s not just money — the filings revealed a campaign staff of less than 70, a number dwarfed by Clinton’s nearly 700 paid employees, and few of the campaign’s expenses suggested work had begun to build out a more robust operation. All together, it’s the most lopsided fundraising start to a presidential election in the modern campaign finance era."

— On "Fox and Friends," Trump tried to shrug off his campaign's money problems, saying he doesn't even know how a campaign could spend a billion dollars. He also accused Clinton of having "money from people you don't want her to have money from," such as from the Middle East, which is not true because foreign contributions are illegal. He might have been confusing her campaign with donations to her foundation.

— His first fundraising email promised to personally match donations in the next 48 hours.

TRUMP TROUBLE II: "Interviews with about two dozen sources, including Trump family friends and people who work in and around the campaign, traced [campaign manager CoreyLewandowski's firing to longstanding issues brought to the fore this month, as Trump struggled to pivot to a general election against Democrat HillaryClinton amid increasing campaign dysfunction and declining poll numbers," POLITICO's Ken Vogel and Ben Schreckinger report. "The mass shooting in Orlando led to intensifying calls from influential Republicans — including [RNC chairman ReincePriebus — for Trump to moderate his inflammatory rhetoric, according to campaign sources. They said that Lewandowski’s critics — chief among them campaign chairman Paul Manafort — responded by arguing that Lewandowski was actually encouraging Trump’s propensity to offend."

STOP TRUMP, GRASSROOTS EDITION: Keep America Great, a new super PAC aiming to thwart Donald Trump’s presidential bid, has recruited Jon Cooper as chairman. Cooper was Draft Biden’s national finance chair and a fundraiser for Barack Obama.

The super PAC focuses on grassroots fundraising, recruiting college students and social media campaigning. It has also partnered with Bulldog Finance Group, which organized fundraising for Draft Biden and Run Warren Run. The consulting firm’s Scott Dworkin (a deputy director for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee) and Francesca Lucia will lead fundraising.

Keep America Great’s executive director, Nate Lerner, told PI that he started the super PAC with a group of friends. A field organizer for Obama in 2012, Lerner said he wanted to “create an organization that's people driven” with a fundraising scheme similar to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

iFUNDRAISEApple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next Tuesday as the tech giant seeks to fortify relationships with Republicans after withholding support for the Republican National Convention due to divisive remarks from GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trumpreports Tony Romm forPOLITICOGary Wipfler, Apple’s treasurer will join Cook to raise funds for Ryan to also benefit a joint fundraising committee to help elect other House Republicans.

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