What is with the Democrats these days?
by Matt Stoller, Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:18:12 AM EST
U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Chicago, is the only other Illinois lawmaker with a lobbyist as treasurer of his campaign committee.
Emanuel, who is head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, has been an outspoken critic of Republicans' close relationship with Abramoff and the indictment of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas.
The treasurer of Friends of Rahm Emanuel campaign committee is William Singer, who raised funds for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in Illinois and also helps Senate Democrats. But Singer said he doesn't raise money for Emanuel; his position as treasurer is an administrative one.
Singer, who works for Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, said he lobbies the Senate but seldom the House. He could recall just one case - last year - when he lobbied Emanuel. In that instance, Emanuel voted against the position of his client, United Airlines, on a pension issue, Singer said. Emanuel's spokeswoman called it a vote for United workers.
"He didn't get this appointment because he was a lobbyist," the spokeswoman, Kathleen Connery, said of Singer. "He took this position because of their 20-year relationship."
Emanuel co-sponsored a lobbying-reform bill introduced last May, saying, "We must address the corrupting relationships between lobbyists and members of Congress with reforms to the lobbying disclosure and congressional gift rules."
Great. Read what John says.