Who is Lobbying Whistleblower Protection?

Andrew Joseph of the National Journal recently reported on the lobbying of the the Whistleblower Improvement Act, some suggest this bill will weaken the current whistleblower protection laws. Whistleblower focused legislation has always  been highly debated and heavily lobbied: since 2005, of the 36 bills pertaining to whistleblower laws that have been introduced, 27 have been lobbied, a rate of 75%.  The First Street Research group takes a look at the people and organizations who are lobbying the Whistleblower Improvement Act of 2011.

112 H.R.2483: Whistleblower Improvement Act of 2011  
Purpose: To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Commodity Exchange Act to modify certain provisions relating to whistleblower incentives and protection.
Committee Assignments:

  • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management (House Committee on Agriculture)
  • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises (House Committee on Financial Services): Passed Committee 19-14

Sponsor: Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY)
Co-Sponsors: 5 (0D, 5R, 0I)

  • Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL) joined 9/14/2011
  • Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) joined 7/15/2011
  • Rep. John Campbell (R-CA) joined 7/11/2011
  • Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) joined 7/11/2011
  • Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined 7/11/2011

Lobbying Activity (Lobbyists)
Lobbied by 57 lobbyists, including 2 former members of Congress and 16 former congressional and federal staffers, representing 6 federal agencies, 20 members of Congress (13D, 7R) and 4 congressional committees.
Rep. Jack Fields (R TX-8)
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – Taxpayers Against Fraud ; Registered Lobbyist – Twenty-First Century Group, Inc.
Formerly: Member of the United States House of Representatives (January 3, 1981–January 3, 1997)
Rep. Kenneth E Bentsen, Jr. (D TX-25)
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
Formerly: Member of the  United States House of Representatives (January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003)
Jane Cobb
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Formerly:

Director – Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs (Securities and Exchange Commission) 2002 – 2006
Director – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Division 2002 – 2002
Professional Staff Member – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 1993 – 2000

William E. Flynn  
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Formerly:

Senior Policy Adviser – Office of Personnel Management 2002 – 2002
Associate Director – Center for Retirement and Insurance Services (Office of Personnel Management) 1995 – 2001

Cynthia Fornelli  
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Formerly: Deputy Director – Division of Investment Management (Securities and Exchange Commission) 2001 – 2004
Pierce Scranton
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Formerly:

Chief of Staff – Council of Economic Advisers s (The Executive Office of the President) 2008-2008
Chief of Staff – Rep. Jennifer B. Dunn (R WA-8) 2004-2004

Emily Elaine Coyle  
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young)
Formerly: Legislative Director – Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) 2006-2007
Leslie Brorsen
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young)
Formerly: Chief of Staff – Sen. Donald Nickles (R-OK) 1993 – 1996
Patrick Givens
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – Deloitte LLP
Formerly:

Legislative Assistant – Rep. Tim Mahoney (D FL-16) 2007 – 2007
Senior Legislative Assistant (Energy, Environment, Health, Social Security) – Rep. James Davis (D FL-11) 2006 – 2006

Matthew Iandoli
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Formerly: Legislative Director (Judiciary, Immigration, Transportation, Appropriations, Energy, Telecommunications, Technology, Taxes) – Rep. Chris Cannon (R UT-3) 2006 – 2008
Bradley Edgell
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
Formerly:

Legislative Director – Rep. Jim Marshall (D GA-8) 2003 – 2006
Senior Policy Adviser/Legislative Director – Rep. Kenneth E Bentsen, Jr. (D TX-25) 1995 – 2002
Legislative Director (Social Security, Health, Telecommunications, Finance, Veterans) – Rep. Marjorie  Margolies-Mezvinsky (D PA-13) 1993 – 1994

Brendan Reilly
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Formerly:

Professional Staff Member – House Committee on Financial Services 2004 – 2004
Legislative Assistant – Rep. Mike Ferguson (R NJ-7) 2001 – 2002

Gwendolyn Brown
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – Lockheed Martin Corporation
Formerly:

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Budgets and Financial Policy – Department of Defense 1995 – 2000
Legislative Director – Rep. Julian C. Dixon (D CA-32)

Naomi G. Camper
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Formerly:

Legislative Assistant (Banking, Housing, Labor, Postal Issues, Telecommunications) – Sen. Tim Johnson (D SD) 2001 – 2004
Staff Director – Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection (Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs) – 2001 – 2002

Priya Dayananda  
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – KPMG LLP
Formerly:

Legislative Director – Rep. Steve Israel (D NY-2) 2001 – 2001
Senior Legislative Assistant (Natural Resources, Judiciary, Social Security, Medicare, Science, Housing, Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Ways and Means) – Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D NY-6) 2000 – 2000
Legislative Assistant (Science Com.) – Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D TX-30) 1997 – 1998

Steven R. Patterson
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Formerly:

Legislative Assistant (Housing, Agriculture, Financial Services) – Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) 1994 – 2005
Staff Director – Subcommittee on Economic Policy (Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs) 2003 – 2005
Legislative Aide – Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) 1993 – 1993

Lisa Bleier
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
Formerly: Legislative Assistant (Education, Judiciary, Health) – Rep. Marge Roukema (R NJ-5) 1997 – 1998
Tom Koonce
Currently: Registered Lobbyist – J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Formerly:

Legislative Director – Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC)
Legislative Assistant (Labor, Communications, Post Office, Civil Service, Energy, Science) – Rep. Stephen L. Neal (D NC-5) 1994 – 1994

Lobbying Activity (Organizations)
Lobbied by 16 organizations that spend over $14 million on all of their lobbying activity during the quarters in which they lobbied H.R.2483

Lobbying Firm Client Filing Quarter Amount
Lockheed Martin Corporation Lockheed Martin Corporation 2011 3Q $3,870,000
J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. 2011 3Q $2,450,000
The Travelers Cos., Inc. and Subsidiaries The Travelers Cos., Inc. and Subsidiaries 2011 3Q $1,390,000
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association 2011 3Q $1,300,000
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 2011 3Q $1,100,000
The Chubb Corporation The Chubb Corporation 2011 3Q $710,626
Cardinal Health, Inc. Cardinal Health 2011 3Q $670,000
Deloitte LLP Deloitte LLP 2011 3Q $600,000
KPMG LLP KPMG LLP 2011 3Q $350,000
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young) Ernst & Young 2011 3Q $330,000
Wisconsin Energy Corporation Wisconsin Energy Corporation 2011 3Q $190,000
Taxpayers Against Fraud Taxpayers Against Fraud 2011 3Q $87,490
Twenty-First Century Group, Inc. Taxpayers Against Fraud 2011 3Q $40,000
Kimberly Consulting LLC Kimberly-Clark Corporation 2011 3Q $30,000
The Travelers Cos., Inc. and Subsidiaries The Travelers Cos., Inc. and Subsidiaries 2011 2Q $700,000
Ernst & Young LLP (Washington Council Ernst & Young) Ernst & Young 2011 2Q $340,000
Kimberly Consulting LLC Kimberly-Clark Corporation 2011 2Q $20,000
Total Amount Spent on All Lobbying Activity by these Companies $14,178,116

Whistleblower Related Legislation Lobbied On Since 2005

  • 109 H.R.2004: Protecting America’s Workers Act
  • 109 H.R.5922: SAFE Drug Act
  • 109 H.R.686: Clinical Laboratory Compliance Improvement Act of 2005
  • 109 S.944: Protecting America’s Workers Act
  • 110 H.R.1165: SAFE Drug Act
  • 110 H.R.2049: Protecting America’s Workers Act
  • 110 H.R.3180: Whistleblower Recovery Act of 2007
  • 110 H.R.4047: Private Sector Whistleblower Protection Streamlining Act of 2007
  • 110 H.R.985: Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2007
  • 110 S.1244: Protecting America’s Workers Act
  • 111 S.372: Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2010
  • 111 H.R.1507: Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009
  • 111 H.R.2067: Protecting America’s Workers Act
  • 111 H.R.5749: Offshore Worker Whistleblower Protection Act
  • 111 H.R.5851: Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2010
  • 111 S.1580: Protecting America’s Workers Act
  • 111 S.1745: Non-Federal Employee Whistleblower Protection Act of 2009
  • 111 S.4051: Espionage Statutes Modernization Act of 2010
  • 111 S.474: Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act of 2009
  • 112 H.R.190: Protecting America’s Workers Act
  • 112 H.R.503: Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2011
  • 112 S.241: Non-Federal Employee Whistleblower Protection Act of 2011
  • 112 S.355: Espionage Statutes Modernization Act of 2011
  • 112 S.586: Congressional Whistleblower Protection Act of 2011
  • 112 S.743: Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2011
  • 112 S.1166: Protecting America’s Workers Act
  • 112 H.R.2483: Whistleblower Improvement Act of 2011

Coalition Builder Screenshot of Lobbying Activity on 112 H.R.2483: Whistleblower Improvement Act

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