Posts Tagged ‘Steve Scalise’

Scalise, Freehery interviews raise eyebrows

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Linnae O'Flahavan

RECENTLY ELECTED HOUSE MAJORITY WHIP Steven Scalise (R-La.) this past week conducted what would normally be considered routine job interviews to fill open positions in his new leadership office. However, the interviews were unusual because, as POLITICO reports, Scalise invited lobbyist John Freehery of Quinn Gillespie & Associates to sit in.

It seems that Freehery, who is a registered lobbyist for several major corporations including SONY Corp., 21st Century Fox, and AT&T, did not make actual “yes” or “no” recommendations about candidates.

Instead, as Scalise spokesman T.J.

Tatum states, Feehery “provides feedback on quality of candidates.” This partnership between a corporate lobbyist and the House Whip is highly unusual, and raises a number of ethical questions, although no House Ethics rules appear to be broken.

Freehery has defended his role in the job interviews by citing his previous work experience as a House leadership communications director under then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay of Texas.

Nonetheless, there are a number of eyebrow-raising links between Scalise and Freehery, including USA Today’s report that Scalise paid Quinn Gellespie & Associates to review his communications strategy plan, and the fact that AT&T has already contributed $15,000 to Scalise this election cycle.

The partnership between Scalise and Freehery seems to be questionable at best, and marks a big change in public relationships between Members of Congress and lobbyists. While influential arrangements such as these might not be new in Washington, a willingness to display them in public certainly is. Giving a major corporate lobbyist significant power in staff decisions for the House Whip’s Congressional office is a slippery slope. It remains to be seen how the publicity will affect newly elected Scalise, and whether more partnerships such as these will now appear.

 

Lobbyists vs. Congress Basketball Game Announced

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 by Brittany

This year’s Hoops for Youth Lobbyists vs. Congress basketball game will take place on September 14. This great fundraising event takes place annually and has raised over $400,000 to date for multiple children’s charities in the area. I strongly encourage people to attend. I promise, it is always entertaining! Who doesn’t want to see Members and Lobbyists battle it out on the court for a good cause? In addition to the main game there is also a Hill day for the kids, a kids basketball clinic and silent auction.

Previous Congressional players include: Sen. John Thune, Reps.  John Shimkus, Ron Kind, Jeff Flake, Jay Inslee, Rick Larsen, Todd Tiahrt, Kendrick Meek, William Clay, Steve Scalise, Brad Ellsworth, Dean Heller, Todd Platt, Charlie Dent and Frank LoBiondo.

Visit www.hoopsforyouthfoundation.org for more details.

Main Event: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Location: Smith Center, George Washington University
Tip off 6:00 p.m. – Congressional Staff Game
Tip off 7:00 p.m. – Member of Congress Game

Adult 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
July 24, 2010 – Georgetown Visitation

Hill Day For Kids
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 – Capitol Hill

Youth Basketball Clinic
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 – Smith Center

Youth Basketball Tournament
November 13-14, 2010 – Georgetown Visitation