In politics, like in war, to the victor go the spoils.
After the election, top campaign operatives will spin through the revolving door to quickly cash in on their access to powerful politicians. The DCI Group, a DC lobbying firm involved in several aggressive attack ad efforts against John Kerry in 2004, scored significant lobbying gigs during the Bush administration. As I’ve detailed, President Obama’s communications director went on to work at a lobbying/consulting firm that pressured his administration on behalf of the deceptive for-profit college industry.
Though the problem exists on both sides, one must marvel at the number of corporate lobbyists leading efforts to defeat President Obama. With the cottage industry that is the world of Republican Super PACs and 501(c) groups, a new class of consultants will be eager to cash in on the spoils of a Mitt Romney presidency.
I took a closer look at the biggest outside spending groups filling the airwaves with pro-Romney or anti-Obama advertisements, and found a pretty familiar trend:
Crossroads GPS/American Crossroads (Spent at least $72 Million on ads):
Steven Law is president of Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, the outside spending groups founded by Karl Rove. Law came to Rove from the US Chamber of Commerce, where he worked as a lawyer on the Chamber’s lobbying team. Law’s name appears on disclosures showing he played a role on the Chamber’s efforts to bail out the big banks, fight caps on bonuses to AIG and push for corporate tax cuts.
American Crossroads chairman Mike Duncan hasn’t waited until the election to join a lobbying group. A few weeks ago, he became chief lobbyist to an association that advocates on federal policy for coal companies.
Steven Duffield, the policy director of Crossroads GPS, also runs his own lobbying firm called Endgame Strategies. Duffield once advertised his ability to manipulate Senate rules on behalf of his corporate clients. A now-deleted line from his website touted his ability to find “backbench Senate Republicans” who can “exercise their prerogatives to delay or obstruct”—i.e., filibuster—legislation on behalf of Duffield’s clients.