Lobbying for Extended Protection in the Workplace

Introduced in almost every Congress since 1993, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) seeks to prohibit civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees from discriminating against sexual orientation or gender identity during the hiring process and employment.  ENDA is not one of the more heavily lobbied bills each Congress, but the lobbyists lobbying the bill hold some very key connections.  5 of the lobbyists who lobbied the bill in the current Congress worked for one of the committees considering the bill and 4 of the lobbyists worked for one of the bills co-sponsors.  Another 8 lobbyists worked for Congress but currently none of the Members that they worked for have signed on to the bill.

112 H.R.1397: Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Lobbying Activity on ENDA

Sponsor: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
Co-Sponsors: 164 (160D, 4R, 0I)
Committee Assignments:

  • Committee on Education and the Workforce
  • Committee on House Administration
  • Committee on Judiciary
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Lobbying Highlights

  • 12 organizations lobbied ENDA and spent a total of $24,698,926 in Q1 2012 on all of their lobbying activity.
  • In 2011 24 organizations lobbied ENDA and spent a total of $51,240,428 on all of their lobbying activity.
  • 95 lobbyists have lobbied the current House version of ENDA.
  • 17 lobbyists, lobbying on ENDA have swung through the revolving door including 9 lobbyists that have worked for one of the committees considering the bill or one of the bills cosponsors.

Revolvers with ties to the bill

Erin Prangley (worked with bill co-sponsor Brad Sherman)

  • Registered Lobbyists – American Association of University Women
  • 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)

Tracy Sherman (worked for bill co-sponsor Shelley Berkley)

  • Registered Lobbyists – American Association of University Women
  • 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 – Richard Gephardt, (2004 – 2004)

David Stacy (worked for bill co-sponsor, Tammy Baldwin)

  • Registered Lobbyists – Human Rights Campaign
  • Legislative Assistant (Defense, Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Education, Immigration, Trade, Telecommunications) – Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), (2003 – 2005)
  • Legislative Assistant –  Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), (1999 – 2001)

Oliver Kim (worked for bill co-sponsor Debbie Stabenow)         

  • Registered Lobbyists -Planned Parenthood
  • Sr. Legis. Advisor – Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), (2010 – 2011)
  • Legis. Counsel – Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), (2009 – 2010)
  • Legislative Aide Health Policy – Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), (2008 – 2008)
  • Legislative Counsel Health Policy – Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), (2007 – 2007)
  • Legislative Assistant Health Policy – Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), (2004 – 2006)

Daniel Zeidman (worked for Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that considered the bill)

  • Registered Lobbyists – American Civil Liberties Union
  • Minority (Democratic) Deputy Clerk / Legislative Assistant – Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy, (2011 – 2011)
  • Minority (Democratic) Deputy Clerk / Legislative Assistant – Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management, (2011 – 2011)
  • Deputy Clerk / Legislative Assistant – Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management, (2009 – 2011)

Jesselyn McCurdy (worked for Committee on Judiciary that considered the bill)

  • Registered Lobbyists – American Civil Liberties Union
  • Minority (Democratic) Counsel – Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, (2011 – 2011)
  • Minority (Democratic) Counsel – Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, (2011 – 2011)
  • Counsel – Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, (2008 – 2011)

Randel K Johnson (worked for Committee on Education and the Workforce that considered the bill)

  • Registered Lobbyists – Chamber of Commerce of The U.S.A.
  • Workplace Policy Coordinator – Committee on Education and the Workforce, (1995 – 1997)
  • Minority Labor Coordinator – Committee on Education and the Workforce, (1993 – 1994)

Jeffrey Lungren (worked for Committee on Judiciary that considered the bill)  

  • Registered Lobbyists – Chamber of Commerce of The U.S.A.
  • Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs – Office of Legislative Affairs, (2008 – 2008)
  • Assistant to the Vice President for Legislative Affairs – Legislative Affairs, (2007 – 2007)
  • Assistant to the Vice President for Legislative Affairs – Legislative Affairs, (2007 – 2007)
  • Communications Director – Committee on Judiciary, (2003 – 2006)
  • Director of Communications – Committee on Judiciary, (2001 – 2002)
  • Director of Communications – Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, (1999 – 2000)
  • Press Secretary – Porter J. Goss, (1997 – 1997)
  • Press Secretary – Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), (1996 – 1996)

Michelle Richardson (worked for Committee on Judiciary that considered the bill)    

  • Registered Lobbyists – American Civil Liberties Union
  • Minority Counsel – Committee on Judiciary, (2005 – 2006)

Revolvers without ties to the bill

Jack Swetland  

  • Registered Lobbyist – Center For American Progress Action Fund
  • Legislative Assistant (Appropriations and Special Projects) – William J. Jefferson, (2005 – 2007)

Micheal Lieberman       

  • Registered Lobbyist – Anti-Defamation League
  • Legislative Assistant (Agriculture, Animal Protection, Civil Rights, Crime, National Security, Defense, Foreign Affairs, Education, Energy, Environment, Gambling, Gaming, Immigration, Natural Resources, Religion, Transportation) – John M. Spratt, Jr., (2002 – 2006)

David Smith      

  • Registered Lobbyist – Human Rights Campaign
  • Communications Director – Edward M. Kennedy, (2004 – 2004)

Allison Herwitt

  • Registered Lobbyist – Human Rights Campaign
  • Legislative Assistant (Education, Labor, Family Issues, Medicare, Medicaid, Post Office) – Susan Molinari, (1993 – 1993)

Michael Wascom            

  • Registered Lobbyist – American Airlines
  • Legislative Director – Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), (1994 – 1994)
  • Legislative Assistant – (Pro-Life/Abortion, Banking, Civil Service, Energy, Environment, Interior, Merchant Marine, Foreign Affairs, Transportation, Post Office) – James O McCrery, III, (1993 – 1993)

Marc Freedman

  • Registered Lobbyist – Chamber of Commerce of The U.S.A.
  • Regulatory Counsel – Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, (1999 – 2004)
  • Minority Regulatory Counsel – Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, (2001 – 2002)

Jennifer Bellamy

  • Registered Lobbyist – American Civil Liberties Union
  • 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)

Rolf Th. Lundberg

  • Registered Lobbyist – Chamber of Commerce of The U.S.A.
  • Counsel for Tax and International Trade – Majority (Republican) Leader of the Senate, (1997 – 1997)
  • Consultant – Majority (Republican) Leader of the Senate, (1995 – 1996)
  • Consultant – Minority (Republican) Leader of the Senate, (1994 – 1994)

Organizations that Have Lobbied 112 H.R.1397: Employment Non-Discrimination Act

  1. Chamber of Commerce of The U.S.A.
  2. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
  3. American Airlines
  4. The Chubb Corporation
  5. American Civil Liberties Union
  6. Human Rights Campaign
  7. Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  8. American Bar Association
  9. National Association For The Advancement of Colored People
  10. American Association of University Women
  11. Anti-Defamation League
  12. Traditional Values Coalition
  13. National Association of Social Workers
  14. National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
  15. People For The American Way
  16. American Psychological Association
  17. National Education Association
  18. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  19. Friends Committee on National Legislation
  20. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
  21. Center For American Progress Action Fund
  22. American Jewish Committee
  23. Communications Workers of America
  24. National Council of Jewish Women

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