Thursday, July 03, 2008

Rep. Don Young's "A Team"

A "Survival Guide" given to interns in the Capitol Hill offices of Rep. Don Young (R-AK) indicates these A List lobbyists should immediately be connected to any member of the staff they ask to speak with:

-- Rick Alcalde of Potomac Partners, whose clients included real estate developer Daniel Aronoff. Young's Coconut Road interchange earmark, now under federal investigation, would have given access to undeveloped land in Florida owned by Aronoff’s company.

-- Randy DeLay, a lobbyist for STAR Solutions, a coalition of road building, design and engineering firms.

-- Colin Chapman, Young's chief of staff until 2003, who lobbies for the American Trucking Assn. and Doyon Ltd., an Alaska Native corporation.

-- Billy Lee Evans, a former Democratic congressman from Georgia who lobbied against a proposed wind farm off Cape Cod — the same wind farm that Young tried to kill.

-- Jack Ferguson, long-time treasurer of Young's Midnight Sun Political Action Committee and a lobbyist for railroads, airlines, trucking companies among others.

-- Mike Henry, a former Young staffer who lobbies for transportation and energy companies and a liquor trade association.

-- Duncan Smith, a former Young aide who works for the big lobbying firm Blank Rome and has among his clients Native corporations and the Knik Arm Bridge & Toll Authority.

-- C.J. Zane, another former chief of staff for Young who also works for Blank Rome. Among his many clients are cruise lines, fishing interests and Native corporations.

-- Jay Dickey, a former Republican congressman from Arkansas, who represents construction interests and other companies in his home state.

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