Working the phones for Where Are They Now?


Since we’ve not had too many volunteers making phone calls to verify if the information collected as part of our distributed research project is accurate, I’m making calls this afternoon.

Here’s reviewing a few:

Ric Molen went from working as a Legislative Director in Sen. Conrad Burns’ (R-Mt.), office to work as a lobbyist with Lent, Scrivner & Roth in 2005 and his clients include major defense contractors such as Qualcomm and CH2M Hill. Since the time, Molen has made campaign contributions of a total of over $9,000, according to campaign finance records from the Center for Responsible Politics.

Tim Berry, Rep. Tom DeLay’s, (R-Tx.) Chief of Staff was employed by Time Warner and lobbies the White House, Congress and the FCC, according to records from the Senate Office of Public Records. The Justice Department scrutinized Berry‘s financial disclosures while investigating DeLay’s connections to Abramoff, according to earlier media reports.

Wayne Palmer who was Sen. Rick Santorum’s (R-Pa.) Chief of Staff filed as a lobbyist for Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals in August 2007, and lobbies on Medicare related issues.

A few others verified so far include: Jim Hippe who was a Legislative Director for Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tn.) and is a lobbyist for the National Community Pharmacists Association in 2007; Jon Haubert went from being a Scheduler to Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Ca.) and is a lobbyist now for CJ Strategies.