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Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Transition Team Chaired with Corporate Lobbying Ties

While Americans have been obsessing over Donald Trump’s clownishly offensive behavior, they’ve been largely ignoring the subtle ways in which a Hillary Clinton presidency could be troublesome.  Consider Hillary Clinton’s “transition team.”  The role of the transition team as the United States moves from one president to the next is to ensure that key roles are staffed so that a presidential administration is equipped to take action on the first day of office.  The people who lead a presidential transition are not talked about much in the press, but as the people in control of vetting administrative leadership, they have great power to shape the direction of a presidential administration in practice.  Will executive branch leaders be agents of change or obstructionists who resist change?  What kind of background, with what kind of agenda, will dominate the Hillary Clinton White House?  A president’s transition team can shape the answer.

The interests and agendas of those on the transition team is worthy of note.  The Chair of the transition team, Ken Salazar, is Partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr (“WilmerHale”), a corporate law firm based in Washington, DC and specializing in “government relations.” Here is a list of the official lobbying clients of WilmerHale in 2016:

  • American Association for Justice (trade group of plaintiff’s lawyers in lawsuits)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Apple
  • Association of American Railroads
  • The Beer Institute
  • Bentham IMF (business lawyers)
  • Brambles Limited (supply chain corporation)
  • Business Software Alliance
  • CALinnovates
  • Caspian Group Holdings (energy exploitation corporation)
  • Catawba Indian Nation
  • Charter Communications
  • Chickasaw Nation
  • Choctaw Nation
  • Cigna
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Informal Coalition on Housing Finance Reform (no reporting exists on the identity or interests of this group)
  • Lazard Group (wealth management firm)
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Microsoft
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Newmont Mining Corporation
  • Owens Corning Corporation
  • Professional Licensing Corporation
  • ReWalk Robotics
  • Rembrandt Inc. (food industry)
  • San Luis Rey River Indian Water Authority
  • Sierra Pacific Industries
  • Two Sigma Investments (hedge fund)
  • Verizon
  • Walgreen

 

These corporations will have a voice even before the new Clinton administration officially begins.

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