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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 11:31 AM

Friends in low places: where the real lobbying happens

http://www.propublica.org/thetrade/item/friends-in-low-places-where-the-real-lobbying-happens

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Take what happened late last month as Washington geared up for more fights about the taxing, spending and the deficit. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, decided to bolster his staff's expertise on taxes.

So on Jan. 25, Mr. Reid's office announced that he had appointed Cathy Koch as chief adviser to the majority leader for tax and economic policy. The news release lists Ms. Koch's admirable and formidable experience in the public sector. "Prior to joining Senator Reid's office," the release says, "Koch served as tax chief at the Senate Finance Committee."

It's funny, though. The notice left something out. Because immediately before joining Mr. Reid's office, Ms. Koch wasn't in government. She was working for a large corporation.

Not just any corporation, but quite possibly the most influential company in America, and one that arguably stands to lose the most if there were any serious tax reform that closed corporate loopholes. Ms. Koch arrives at the senator's office by way of General Electric.

Yes, General Electric, the company that paid almost no taxes in 2010. Just as the tax reform debate is heating up, Mr. Reid has put in place a person who is extraordinarily positioned to torpedo any tax reform that might draw a dollar out of G.E. and, by extension, any big corporation.

Omitting her last job from the announcement must have merely been an oversight. By the way, no rules prevent Ms. Koch from meeting with G.E. or working on issues that would affect the company.

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redstatebluegirl Feb 2013 #1
loyalsister Feb 2013 #2
monmouth3 Feb 2013 #3
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Response to Enrique (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 11:46 AM

1. Democrats are sleeping with the enemy again....

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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 12:14 PM

3. Dare I ask if she is related in any way to the Koch brothers?...n/t

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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 12:30 PM

4. K&R

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