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CQ (1/27, Satariano) reports, "Jay Carson, who served as South Dakota press secretary for Sen. Tom Daschle, is moving to Daschle's minority leadership office to work with national press. Carson's successor, Dan Pfeiffer, served as communications director for the 2002 re-election campaign of Daschle's colleague, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D." Daniel R. Moll, "deputy staff director for the House Government Reform Committee, is joining the lobbying firm of Bergner, Bockorny, Castagnetti, Hawkins and Brain." Angel Williamson, "a senior analyst with the Federal Election Commission, has joined Democracy Data & Communications, which assists public affairs, trade and interest groups with grass-roots and political action committee programs." The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation "has named Jim Jennings chief operating officer." The Washington Post (1/28, A19, Deane, Morin) reports in its "Ideas Industry" column, "The Council on Foreign Relations reportedly will offer its presidency to Richard N. Haass, who currently heads the State Department's policy planning shop and is President Bush's point person on Northern Ireland, council sources said yesterday." Roll Call (1/28, Henry) reports in its "Heard on the Hill " column, "John Stanko, longtime counsel on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has signed up with Hunton & Williams as a partner on the regulated industries and government relations team." Roll Call also reports, "Nancy Buermeyer has left the Human Rights Campaign to become a vice president at The Raben Group LLC." The Frontrunner (1/28) reports Sen. Lamar Alexander yesterday announced that Alexia Levison Poe will join his staff as press secretary. Poe currently serves as deputy press secretary to Laura Bush. Meanwhile, after an eight year tenure as a congressional aide, House Budget Committee Adviser Brenna Hapes will join Citizens for a Sound Economy as Communications Director on Monday, February 10. The Washington, DC, law firm of Hunton & Williams announced Joseph Stanko has joined the firm to serve as a partner on the regulated industries and governmental relations team.

10/24/2000
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The Wall Street Journal (6/28) reports, "A Pennsylvania regulator was named chief administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's mid- Atlantic regional office. Donald Welsh, 43 years old, who joined the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in 1995, was named to the post by EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman." The Journal adds, "The director of the West Virginia Coal Association, William Raney, said his industry didn't know Mr. Welsh, but added, 'He's got a big job to do. We wish him well.'" The Kansas City Star (6/28) reports, "President Bush has nominated Cranston Mitchell, former chairman of the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, to the United States Parole Commission. Mitchell is a corrections program specialist for the National Institute of Corrections in the Justice Department. He is a former St. Louis police officer, held two other posts in state government, then was chairman of the Board of Probation and Parole for about 14 years until December 1999. Also named to the commission were Gilbert Gallegos of New Mexico, Henry Hart III of Pennsylvania and Marie Fajardo Ragghianti of Tennessee. Last month, Bush named Edward Reilly commission chairman." The Chicago Sun-Times (6/28, Schoenburg) reports, "Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Thomas Skinner will be leaving his post to join the U.S. EPA as director of the Chicago-based Midwest Region, which covers six states." Skinner "will be carrying on a family tradition of serving in a Bush administration. His father, Sam Skinner, was secretary of transportation and chief of staff for former President George H. W. Bush." CQ (6/27, Caifa) reported Christi Harlan, "former communications director for the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, has been tapped to direct the office of external relations at the Federal Emergency Management Agency." Sen. Frank H. Murkowski "has made changes to his Washington staff. Jack Phelps is the new chief of staff, replacing David Garman, who was appointed assistant secretary of Energy for renewable and energy efficiency by President Bush." In addition, "returning to Murkowski's office is Jerry Ritter, who has been named deputy press secretary." Dan McFaul has "traded in his Hill post for a job on the campaign trail. The former deputy chief of staff and legislative director in the office of retiring Rep. Joe Scarborough, R-Fla., will head Republican State Rep. Jeff Miller's bid for Scarborough's seat in the 1st District." Jennifer Senft will "join Citizens for a Sound Economy as director of development. Currently legislative coordinator for Rep. Brian Kerns, R-Ind., she has also worked for the firm Hammond and Associates." The Frontrunner (6/28) reports Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, & Feld, LLP yesterday announced the formation of AG Global Solutions, a joint venture with First International Resources, Inc. The joint venture will provide clients with an expanded international presence though the participation of three experts who will also serve as senior international advisers: former Swedish Prime Minister and current Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the Balkans, Carl Bildt; former Israeli Cabinet secretary and prominent lawyer, Issac Herzog; and former White House National Security Council Senior Director for Latin America and current director for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University, Arturo Valenzuela. Three members of Akin Gump's Washington, DC office, former Speaker Tom Foley, former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, and former Rep. Bill Paxon, will also be involved with AG Global Solutions. The joint venture's principals will include Zev Furst, Daniel Speigel, James Langdon, George Salem, and Toby Gati.

10/24/2000
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Reuters (6/22) reports, "President Bush on Thursday announced his intention to nominate career diplomat Peter Russell Chaveas as ambassador to Sierra Leone. Chaveas has served as political adviser to the US European Command in Stuttgart since 1997, the White House said in a news release during a visit by Bush to Alabama." Chaveas "previously served as chief of mission at the US embassy in Malawi and other African posts." Reuters (6/22) reports, "US Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman on Thursday named a former top official with the American Forest and Paper Association to head all of the department's conservation and environmental programs including oversight of the nation's 190 million acres of national forests." Reuters adds, "During the early 1990s, Mark Rey was vice president with the national trade group representing forest, paper and wood products industry. If confirmed, Rey will leave his position as a staff member on the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources." Reuters also notes, "Environmentalists said they were skeptical of Rey's nomination." The Albuquerque Journal (6/22, Coleman) reports, "President Bush on Thursday nominated former New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Harris Hartz to the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Hartz, a 54-year-old Farmington native, is the most recent nominee to the Denver-based court, which has jurisdiction over New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. Hartz's nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate." The Washington Post (6/22, Kamen) reports, "Hilda Gay Legg, head of the Center for Rural Development in Kentucky, is to be administrator of the Rural Utilities Service at the Department of Agriculture." The Post continues, "Former Bush I Environmental Protection Agency lawyer Marianne Lamont Horinko is to be EPA assistant administrator for solid waste. Washington lawyer Nancy Victory is the pick for assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information; New Mexico director of special education Robert Pasternack is to be assistant secretary of education for special education; and Joanne M. Wilson, founder and director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind, is to be commissioner of the Rehabilitative Services Administration at the Education Department." The Post adds, "Former Secret Service senior special agent Kenneth M. Donohue Sr. is to be inspector general at the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Michael Minoru Fawn Liu, former Hawaii lawmaker and Bush I agriculture official, is to be HUD assistant secretary for public and Indian housing." CQ (6/21, Caifa) reported Christin Tinsworth "has joined the House Ways and Means Committee as deputy director of communications. Tinsworth previously worked as communications director for Rep. Anne M. Northup, R-Ky., press secretary for Citizens for a Sound Economy, and press secretary for Rep. Dan Miller, R-Fla." Sam Stratman, "communications director for the House International Relations Committee, will be the new spokesman at the Federal Emergency Management Agency." Stratman "worked in the press office of Rep. Henry J. Hyde, R-Ill., and was spokesman for the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment proceedings of former President Bill Clinton." Brian Wagner, "legislative assistant to Rep. Ken Calvert, R- Calif., is leaving for a spot in the government affairs division at Boeing Co." Former House Armed Services Committee aide H. Hollister "Holly" Cantus "will leave his post with Alcade and Fay later this month to start his own marketing and lobbying company, the ILEX Group, working with technology, aerospace and engineering clients."

10/24/2000
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CQ (3/21, Caifa) reported Michael Shore has been "named press secretary for Rep. John Culberson." Rob Vanasek is "now the federal relations associate for legislative and regulatory affairs at the National Association of Towns and Townships." Jennifer Woodbury has "joined the law firm of Arent, Fox, Kitner, Plotkin and Kahn." Jennifer Gehring is "the new director of federal affairs for the National Roofing Contractors Association, replacing Danielle Doane, who took a position with Citizens for a Sound Economy." The Washington Post (3/22, A27, Sarasohn) reports the following changes among lobbying firms: "Stacy Carlson is joining Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. She was the California state director and western region political director of George W. Bush's presidential campaign and served on the policy transition team for the Treasury Department. Kevin Chavous, a member of the D.C. Council for Ward 7 since 1993, rejoined Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn's government relations and business practices as counsel. Ilisa Halpern, formerly of the American Cancer Society and the American Public Health Association, joins Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn as government relations director. Melissa Merson, former House Appropriations Committee aide, Deloitte & Touche lobbyist and longtime budget and tax reporter on the Hill, has returned after less than a year from myCFO Inc. in California to be director of communications for the Congressional Budget Office." The Indianapolis Star News (3/22,Groppe) reports, "President Bush has tapped two more Hoosiers for positions in his administration. Bush announced Wednesday he wants Indianapolis attorney Deborah Daniels to be assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs. He also has asked University of Notre Dame Law School Professor Jimmy Gurule to be undersecretary of the Treasury Department's Office of Enforcement."

10/24/2000
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CQ (12/6, Graham-Silverman) reported Rep.-elect Timothy V. Johnson (R- IL) "has tapped Jerry Clarke as his chief of staff." Erick Gustafson is "the director of the new Center for Consumer Choice, a part of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), which advocates for limited government and free enterprise." Shelley Fidler, "most recently principal deputy to the White House Climate Change Task Force, has joined the Washington law firm Van Ness Feldman." Former congressional aide John DiBiase "has joined Widmeyer Communications as a senior associate." Widmeyer "also welcomes Robert Caruano and Lydia Pelliccia as senior associates." Judy Sarasohn and Dan Morgan wrote in their Washington Post (12/7) column, "Paul Bledsoe, director of communications at the White House Climate Change Task Force, is leaving this week to join Fenton Communications as senior vice president. Heading up the public interest communications shop is Maggie Williams, who used to be Hillary Rodham Clinton's chief of staff." The Post continued, "As for an earlier refugee of the Clinton administration . Lawrence Haas, a former spokesman for Vice President Gore, National Journal reporter and most recently director of public affairs at Yale University, is signing on with the PR company Manning, Selvage & Lee as senior vice president and director of public affairs, effective Jan. 1" The Washington Post (12/7, Mufson) reported, "J. Stapleton Roy, the high-ranking U.S. diplomat who resigned last week after Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright suspended his deputy over security lapses, has taken a job as managing director of Kissinger Associates, a consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger."

10/24/2000
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The Frontrunner (10/24) reports the Progress and Freedom Foundation announced in a news release that it has "recruited fifteen of the nation's foremost experts on communications issues to serve on its Communications Policy Advisory Committee," which will "help shape PPF's recommendations on how best to reform the FCC and complete the process of deregulating the telecommunications marketplace." PPF President Jeff Eisenbach announced the members include: Lauren "Pete" Blevin, Partner, Wilkenson Barker & Knauer, LLP; Rep. Jack Fields, CEO, 21st Century Group; James Gattuso, Vice President for Policy and Management, Competitive Enterprise Institute; Ernest Gelhorn, George Mason University School of Law; C. Boyden Gray, Partner, Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering; Peter Huber, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Alfred Kahn, Professor of Economics, Cornell University; James C. Miller III, Counselor, Citizens for a Sound Economy; Timothy Muris, Professor of Law, George Mason University; William Niskanen, Chairman, Cato Institute; Eli Noam, Director and Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia Institute for Tele- Information; Sen. Larry Pressler, Partner, O'Connor & Hannan; Kenneth Robinson; b, Alex C. Walker Fellow in Economic Policy, the Heritage Foundation; and Richard Wiley, former FCC Chair and Partner, Wiley, Rein & Fielding. CQ (10/23, Graham-Silverman) reported the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace "welcomes Vito Tanzi as a senior associate in its Economic Reform Project." Lynne Ross is "now executive director of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)." Lisa Hawkins is "now director of U.S. emerging markets and diversity at the International Franchise Association, a group representing individual franchise owners and their parent companies." She replaces Debbie Smith, "now director of diversity at AllFirst Financial."

10/24/2000
CSE Helps Cut Through the Spin on Education Reform
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Press Release

CSE Helps Cut Through the Spin on Education Reform

As the election draws near, the issue of education reform gains greater significance to citizens across the country. The truth is that both candidates for president have vastly different approaches to the economic challenges facing America over the next four years—especially on the issue of education reform. The CSE Position:

10/23/2000
Michigan CSE Meets Key Candidates and Policymakers Cheney, Engler and Greeted McCain in Plymouth Michigan
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Michigan CSE Meets Key Candidates and Policymakers Cheney, Engler and Greeted McCain in Plymouth Michigan

Plymouth, MI – As a key battleground state in the presidential election, Michigan Citizens for a Sound Economy (MI CSE) has been actively traveling across the state to educate and mobilize grassroots activists on important issues that could decide the outcome of this year’s election. MI CSE traveled to Plymouth MI this past weekend to greet Vice Presidential Candidate Richard Cheney, MI Governor John Engler and Senator McCain in order to show their support for real Medicare and prescription drug reform.

10/23/2000
CSE's Internet Tax Presentation at the Telepower Conference
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CSE's Internet Tax Presentation at the Telepower Conference

Erick R. Gustafson, director of Regulatory and Technology Policy, participated in the Telepower Conference in Hays, Kansas. Gustafson was invited by the conference’s sponsor, the Docking Institute, to debate Don Moler, the secretary to the executive director of the League of Kansas Municipalities, on the topic of Internet Taxation.

10/23/2000
New Hampshire Weekly
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New Hampshire Weekly

BY Laura A. Kiernan

Enough already. It's finally time to end Campaign 2000, which we think began somewhere back in 1996, at least for some who craved the presidency. Here at home, could there be a soul left who hasn't heard that Governor Jeanne Shaheen thinks former US senator Gordon Humphrey is an extremist, and that Humphrey thinks Shaheen is a secret income taxer? They have spent millions between them, bombarded us with television ads and radio zingers and been to who knows how many debates, during which they have proved to be masters of staying on message (Humphrey: You have no plan! Shaheen: Your numbers don't add up! Humphrey: Stop smearing me! Shaheen: You said what you said!).

10/22/2000

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