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Hillary Clinton 2016: DC Lobbyists Set To Raise Cash For Hillary Victory Fund

Hillary Clinton 2016: DC Lobbyists Set To Raise Cash For Hillary Victory Fund

By Andrew Perez @AndrewPerezDC AND David Sirota @davidsirota On 02/29/16 AT 6:32 PM

The Democratic National Committee’s recent move to end its ban on contributions from federal lobbyists was widely seen as a boost to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, which has ties to the Washington lobbying community. Clinton already appears to be taking advantage of the shift.

On Mar. 21, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and a handful of lobbying titans are scheduled to host a fundraiser for the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising account for the Clinton campaign, the DNC and 32 state parties. According to an invitation obtained by the Sunlight Foundation, Podesta’s co-hosts include Steve Elmendorf, Jeff Forbes and Susan Brophy — all of whom were government officials before becoming lobbyists at top D.C. firms. The event with Podesta — whose brother is a corporate lobbyist and fundraising bundler for Clinton — follows a recent fundraising blitz by Clinton in which her campaign raised money from financial, energy and other industries that expect to have business before the next president.


One of the corporations they will be fund-raising with is Valeant Pharmaceuticals --

The Hillary Victory Fund event also lists Ann Castagnetti as a co-host of the event next month. Her husband, David, is a co-founder of Mehlman Castagnetti, where he’s represented clients like Walmart. Clinton was once a Walmart board member, and the company’s heir donated $353,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund. Castagnetti lobbied lawmakers for Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which disclosed Monday it’s being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Clinton even calls-out Valeant in a campaign ad for price gouging.

Why would a company raise money for a candidate that is supposedly going to take them to task for profiteering unless the candidate was cheaper than a federal fine. For $350k instead of potentially tens of millions of dollars it's a bargain at twice the price.

And scathing campaign ad isn't going to bother them. Nobody will remember the ad once it stops playing and it's not like a patient in need of lifesaving medications is going to rebuff them saying, "I remember that company from Hillary's ad. I don't want to line their pockets!"
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue Mar 1, 2016, 06:48 PM (2 replies)

The ACA and the General Election

Since single payer -- to quote one "Democratic" candidate -- will, "never, ever happen" what will become of the ACA?

So far 36 states declined to set-up exchanges whatsoever. Of the remaining states that did make an effort half of those exchanges have either closed or are going on life support (assuming they can afford the premiums and deductibles). What's more, the employer mandate has been waived since the law's inception.

Sadly, the GOP has not suffered in the least for their opposition to the law. Sure, they may not have been able to repeal it but that's because Obama obviously refuses to sign the bill killing his quasi-eponymous achievement.

  • What will be the party's platform regarding the outgoing President's healthcare law?

  • Will the waiver of the employer mandate be lifted?

  • What will be done to assist struggling states?

  • What about citizens that refuse/neglect to enroll and how will that issue be characterized during the election?
Posted by Nuclear Unicorn | Tue Mar 1, 2016, 03:27 PM (1 replies)
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