Defense of Marriage Act v. Respect for Marriage Act

Since the The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was signed into law in 1996, the law has been hotly debated.  In 2009, opponents of DOMA introduced the Respect for Marriage Act.  The bill would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and provide federal benefits for same-sex couples, however it would not compel individual states to recognize same-sex marriages. The bill has the support of former Congressman Bob Barr, who was an original sponsor of the Defense of Marriage Act as well as former President Bill Clinton, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act in to law.  The Respect for Marriage Act has garnered attention recently because of the high profile GOP lobbyists lobbying in support of the bill.

Highlights

  • Organizations that have lobbied the Respect for Marriage Act include the: American Civil Liberties Union, Traditional Values Coalition and the National Jewish Women’s Council
  • A total of $6,476,637.11 was spent by the organizations that lobbied 112 S.598: Respect for Marriage Act of 2011 on all of their lobbying activity during the period that they lobbied S.598.
  • A total of $5,594,637.11 was spent by the organizations that lobbied 112 H.R.1116: Respect for Marriage Act on all of their lobbying activity during the period that they lobbied H.R.1116.
  • 68 lobbyists and 14 organizations lobbied the House or Senate version of the Respect for Marriage Act.
  • 14 of the lobbyists lobbying the Respect for Marriage Act have worked as Congressional Staffers including four lobbyists that have worked for the Committee on Judiciary which has oversight over the bill.

Lobbying Activity on The Respect for Marriage Act – S.598 and H.R.1116

112 S.598: Respect for Marriage Act of 2011
Purpose: A bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure respect for State regulation of marriage.
Sponsor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Co-Sponsors: 31 (30D, 0R, 1I)
Committee Assignments: Committee on Judiciary

Lobbying activity on 112 S.598

Client Filing Quarter Amount
American Association of University Women 2011 Q1-Q4 $204,000.00
American Bar Association 2011 Q4 $220,000.00
American Civil Liberties Union 2011 Q1-Q4 $1,380,184.48
American Psychological Association 2011 Q1-Q3 $443,200.00
Anti-Defamation League 2011 Q2-Q3 $60,000.00
Family Equality Council 2011 Q1 $30,000.00
Freedom to Marry Action, Inc. 2011 Q2-Q4 $172,644.00
Friends Committee on National Legislation 2011 Q1-Q3 $1,165,116.00
DCI Group AZ, L.L.C. 2011 Q2-Q4 $80,000.00
Human Rights Campaign 2011 Q1-Q4 $1,560,000.00
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 2011 Q4 $268,292.63
National Council of Jewish Women 2011 Q3-Q4 $20,000.00
People For The American Way 2011 Q1-Q4 $110,000.00
Traditional Values Coalition 2011 Q1-Q4 $101,200.00

112 H.R.1116: Respect for Marriage Act
Purpose: To repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure respect for State regulation of marriage.
Sponsor: Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
Co-Sponsors: 139 (138D, 1R, 0I)
Committee Assignments: Committee on Judiciary

Lobbying activity on 112 H.R.1116

Client Filing Quarter Amount
American Association of University Women 2011 Q1-Q4 $204,000.00
American Civil Liberties Union 2011 Q1-Q4 $1,380,184.48
American Psychological Association 2011 Q1-Q4 $443,200.00
Anti-Defamation League 2011 Q2-Q3 $60,000.00
Family Equality Council 2011 Q1 $30,000.00
Freedom to Marry Action, Inc. 2011 Q2-Q4 $172,644.00
Friends Committee on National Legislation 2011 Q1-Q3 $1,165,116.00
DCI Group AZ, L.L.C. 2011 Q2-Q4 $80,000.00
Human Rights Campaign 2011 Q1-Q4 $1,560,000.00
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 2011 Q4 $268,292.63
National Council of Jewish Women 2011 Q3-Q4 $20,000.00
People For The American Way 2011 Q1-Q4 $110,000.00
Traditional Values Coalition 2011 Q1-Q4 $101,200.00

Revolving Door Lobbyists that Lobbied the House or Senate Version of the Respect for Marriage Act of 2011

American Civil Liberties Union

Jennifer Bellamy (Lobbied both House and Senate version)

  • Legislative Counsel, Judiciary, Intellectual Property -Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) (2006 – 2006)
  • Legislative Counsel, Trade, Foreign Affairs, Government -Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) (2005 – 2005)
  • Legislative Assistant, Trade, Foreign Affairs, Government -Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) (2004 – 2004)

Daniel Curbelo Zeidman

  • Minority (Democratic) Deputy Clerk / Legislative Assistant – Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy (House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform) (2011-2011)
  • Minority (Democratic) Deputy Clerk / Legislative Assistant – Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management (House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform)  (2011-2011)
  • Deputy Clerk/Legislative Assistant – Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management (House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform) (2009-2011)

Jesselyn McCurdy

  • Minority (Democratic) Counsel – Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security (House Committee on Judiciary) (2011-2011)
  • Minority (Democratic) Counsel – Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement (House Committee on Judiciary) (2011-2011)
  • Counsel – Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement (House Committee on Judiciary) (2008-2011)

Michelle Richardson

  • Minority Counsel – House Committee on Judiciary (2005-2006)

American Association of University Women

Tracy Sherman (Lobbied both House and Senate version)

  • Legislative Assistant (Budget, Economy, Education, Hispanic Issues, Housing, Immigration, Labor, Pensions, Seniors, Social Security, Social Welfare, Tax and Budget Task Force, Veterans, Women’s Issues, Abortion, Domestic Violence, Women’s Health Care) – Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) (2006–2006)
  • Press Assistant; Legislative Assistant – Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) (2005–2005)
  • Staff Assistant – Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-MO) (2004-2004 )

Erin Prangley (Lobbied both House and Senate version)

  • Deputy Chief of Staff – Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) (2011-2011)
  • Counsel; Sr. Advisor – Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) (2009-2011)
  • District Director – Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) (2005–2008)

Human Rights Campaign

David Stacy (Lobbied both House and Senate version)                   

  • Legislative Assistant (Defense, Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Education, Immigration, Trade, Telecommunications) – Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) (1999-2005)

David Smith (Lobbied both House and Senate version)  

  • Communications Director – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) (2004-2004)

Joshua King (Lobbied both House and Senate version)  

  • Outreach Coordinator – Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee (2007-2007)
  • Special Assistant – Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee (2006-2006)

Allison Herwitt (Lobbied both House and Senate version)  

  • Legislative Assistant (Education, Labor, Family Issues, Medicare, Medicaid, Post Office) – Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) (1993-1993)

Anti-Defamation League

Micheal Lieberman (Lobbied both House and Senate version)

  • Legislative Assistant (National Security, Defense, Foreign Affairs, Energy, Economic Development, Transportation) – Rep. John M. Spratt, Jr. (D SC-5) (2006–2006)
  • Legislative Assistant (Agriculture, Animal Protection, Defense, Environment, Natural Resources, Transportation) – Rep. John M. Spratt, Jr. (D SC-5)  (2004 – 2005)
  • Legislative Assistant (Agriculture, Animal Protection, Civil Rights, Crime, Education, Energy, Environment, Gambling, Gaming, Immigration, Natural Resources, Religion, Transportation) – Rep. John M. Spratt, Jr. (D SC-5) (2002 – 2003)

American Bar Association

Kirra Jarratt (Lobbied House version)

  • Legislative Director to Del. Norton – Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, (1997 – 1997)
  • Minority Nominations Counsel – Committee on the Judiciary, (1995 – 1995)
  • Nominations Counsel – Committee on the Judiciary (1994 – 1994)

Freedom to Marry Action, Inc.

Kathryn Leehman (Lobbied both House and Senate version)

  • Chief of Staff – House Republican Conference (2003-2004)
  • Director of Policy – Office of the Minority (Republican) Leader (2002-2002)
  • Director of Policy – Office of the Majority (Republican) Whip (1999-2001)
  • Chief Counsel – Subcommittee on the Constitution (House Committee on Judiciary) (1997-1997)

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Rahul Rob Randhava (Lobbied both House and Senate version)

  • Counsel (Judiciary, Immigration, Fisheries, Agriculture, Environment) – Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) (1999-2000)

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