Saturday, May 24, 2008

Meet John McCain's Top Adviser, Charlie Black

Charlie Black is the banality of evil. He's all button-down and corporate, while he's being paid by military juntas and dictators to lobby for them in Washington. His wife is a lobbyist, too. What a pleasant couple.

WaPo: McCain's Rules on Lobbying Face Test
Power Couple Working on Campaign

[Charlie Black's] wife, Judy Black, is a national co-chair of the fundraising group "Women for McCain," and she has a vibrant lobbying practice that includes a foreign client and several companies with business before the Senate Commerce Committee, where McCain is a senior member.

Judy Black works at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a firm that earned $12.9 million in lobbying fees last year. She is listed as an agent of Dubai Aerospace Enterprises, whose partners include the government of Dubai, according to forms filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Since 2004, she has also represented telecomunications companies AT&T and Global Crossing Ltd., which have matters before the Commerce Committee.

You know she's an immoral person when you learn the first job she lists on her resume: Vice president of Tobacco Institute, 1978-1986. Ewwww.

RightNow!: Judy A. Black, PoliticalChick Spotlight

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