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Jeff Berman, the national delegate director for the Obama presidential campaign, has a new job:
The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP (www.bryancave.com) announced today that Jeff Berman has joined the firm’s Public Policy & Governmental Affairs group in its Washington, D.C., office.
“Jeff will join Broderick Johnson and other government affairs staff at our firm in providing strategic counsel on emerging public policies at the White House, federal agencies and Capitol Hill, plus in state and local governments around the country,” said Don Lents, chairman of Bryan Cave. “Jeff’s legal and political background and nationwide network of government and political relationships will be of enormous value to our public-entity, corporate, association and nonprofit clients.”
Prior to joining Bryan Cave, Berman served as the national delegate director for the Obama presidential campaign, leading the historic effort to assemble the 2008 delegate majority to nominate Barack Obama for president…At the National Convention, Berman oversaw the development of the 2008 Democratic Party platform…
In addition to his work in politics, Berman has spent many years in private practice in Washington, D.C. Berman advises clients on legislative and regulatory matters before Congress, the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Communications Commission, Food and Drug Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and other departments and agencies. His experience also includes the negotiation of agreements that are subject to compliance with federal regulations and international agreements.
Check out some of the firm’s lobbying clients over the years, from the American Chemistry Council and Bank of America to JP Morgan and Comcast. (Of course, Berman will only be providing strategic counsel.)
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
On a Friday evening in January, a thousand people at the annual California Native Plant Society conference in San Jose settled down to a banquet and a keynote speech delivered by an environmental historian named Jared Farmer. His chosen topic was the eucalyptus tree and its role in California’s ecology and history. The address did not go well. Eucalyptus is not a native plant but a Victorian import from Australia. In the eyes of those gathered at the San Jose DoubleTree, it qualified as “invasive,” “exotic,” “alien” — all dirty words to this crowd, who were therefore convinced that the tree was dangerously combustible, unfriendly to birds, and excessively greedy in competing for water with honest native species.
In his speech, Farmer dutifully highlighted these ugly attributes, but also quoted a few more positive remarks made by others over the years. This was a reckless move. A reference to the tree as “indigenously Californian” elicited an abusive roar, as did an observation that without the aromatic import, the state would be like a “home without its mother.” Thereafter, the mild-mannered speaker was continually interrupted by boos, groans, and exasperated gasps. Only when he mentioned the longhorn beetle, a species imported (illegally) from Australia during the 1990s with the specific aim of killing the eucalyptus, did he earn a resounding cheer.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A tourism company in Australia announced a service that will allow users to take the “world’s biggest selfies,” and a Texas man accidentally killed himself while trying to pose for a selfie with a handgun.
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