Some people worry about conflict of interest, other people make a living basking in it. Kenneth takes it further, pouring it out into a huge pile on his desk and burying his entire face into it instead of merely bumping lines. In the shadow network of hyper connected fat white guys, Duberstein is an exceptionally big deal.
A Deputy Secretary of Labor under President Gerald Ford, Duberstein became an aide to Ronald Reagan for legislative issues in 1981, becoming Deputy Chief of Staff in 1987, then Reagan’s final White House Chief of Staff, succeeding Howard Baker. He was later a political advisor to Senator John McCain.
Corporate Boards he’s served on: Boeing, Conoco-Phillips, Fannie Mae, Mack-Cali Realty, Promontory Interfinancial Network, Travelers. Also: Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings Institute, AEI, Hudson Institute, and the RNC.
Since 1989, he’s been monetizing his node status through a company, The Duberstein Group. The current president is a guy named Mike Berman, who is a colorful character. When I talk about “fat white guys,” I’m not being mean: Mike Berman is also the author of “Living Large: A Big Man’s Ideas on Weight, Success and Acceptance”—the original title was “Fuck Your Stairmaster: I Hire $10,000 Escorts Four Nights a Week Now.” His site is Mike Living Large Dot Com: http://www.mikelivinglarge.com/archives/2006/02/michael_s_berman_biography.shtml
While working on every Democratic presidential campaign since 1964, and every Democratic convention since 1968, Mike Berman scheduled the public sessions at six conventions. He has also served as an advisor to the Democratic Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees and worked on a number of other election campaigns.
What follows is a data dump tracking the Duberstein Group’s strategery…
Open Secrets: public disclosures of corporate money in
Duberstein’s timeline from history commons—worked with Cheney + Rummy on Continuity of Government exercises, also involved in the Valerie Plame scandal:
...the Delaney Clause, a 1958 federal law prohibiting the introduction of known carcinogens into processed foods, had long been opposed by Monsanto and other chemical and pesticide companies.
In the fight to bring down Delaney, Monsanto also secured the services of the Duberstein Group, the lobbying firm of Ken Duberstein, former chief of staff under George Bush and a close friend of Gen. Colin Powell. Duberstein’s outfit is a sterling example of the bipartisan nature of lobbying, since its roster of lobbyists includes former Reagan and Bush administration officials, an adviser to former Vice President Walter Mondale, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and House Democratic Whip David Bonior’s former chief legislative aide.
Monsanto’s lobbying apparatus even has penetrated the ranks of a nonprofit consumer group, the Safe Food Campaign, which advocates tougher food inspection standards. The group was founded by Carol Tucker Foreman, who served as an assistant secretary of agriculture in the Carter administration.
Duberstein’s Work @ Fannie Mae:
Mr. Duberstein is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Duberstein Group, an independent strategic planning and consulting company, and is a nominee for election to the Board of Directors. The firm has provided services to Fannie Mae since 1991. During 2003, the firm provided services on an annual fixed-fee basis of $375,000 and will continue to provide similar services during 2004…
Ken garnered $1,875,000 in consulting fees over a five year period.
Both Donilon and Duberstein served during Fannie Mae’s long running accounting scandal. Duberstein sat on the committee responsible for overseeing the use of derivative contracts, which Fannie fudged to boost executive incentive pay.
More on Fannie Mae via WaPo:
Duberstein Resigns From Fannie Mae Board
The Associated Press
Friday, January 12, 2007; 7:57 PM
WASHINGTON—Kenneth Duberstein, a prominent Republican consultant who has been a director of mortgage giant Fannie Mae since 1998, resigned from the board on Friday, the company announced.
The government-sponsored company, which finances one of every five home loans in the United States, is emerging from a stunning accounting scandal and last month completed a massive restatement of its earnings that erased $6.3 billion in profit for 2001 through mid-2004.
Fannie Mae, in a brief statement, said the company and Duberstein “felt it was important” for him to stay on through the completion of the reworked accounting. It didn’t say why Duberstein decided to leave the board. His resignation takes effect on Feb. 15.
Fannie Mae Chairman Stephen Ashley praised Duberstein for his ”valuable strategic counsel, leadership and service.”
Duberstein, who was President Reagan’s White House chief of staff in 1988-89, is one of several prominent political figures and former government officials of both parties who have sat on Fannie Mae’s board or held high positions in the company. Its former chief executive, Franklin Raines, was White House budget director in the Clinton administration.
Raines and former chief financial officer Timothy Howard were swept out of office by the Fannie Mae board in December 2004. Federal regulators are seeking civil fines of $100 million or more against Raines, Howard and former controller Leanne Spencer as well as restitution totaling more than $115 million in bonus money tied to an improper accounting scheme.
Attorneys for the three former executives have disputed the regulators’ charges and said they were politically motivated.
Random paywall escapee:
Marti Thomas Exits Goldman for Duberstein Group
Democrat’s Hire Breaks Gender Barrier at Firm
By Anna Palmer
Roll Call Staff
Jan. 28, 2009, Midnight
In a political environment where corporations are actively looking to add blue to their ranks, the departure of Goldman Sachs’ top Democratic lobbyist, Marti Thomas, to the Duberstein Group Inc. is a big hit for the former investment bank, which faces a litany of issues on Capitol Hill.
Marti Thomas, Vice President, The Duberstein Group
Marti Thomas is Vice President of The Duberstein Group, an independent, bipartisan, analysis and advisory government relations company based in Washington, DC. In this capacity, Marti assists corporations, associations, and other clients to anticipate, plan for, and adapt to national, as well as global government policies.
Marti joined The Duberstein Group in 2009 from the Washington office of firm client, Goldman Sachs and Co. where she had served as a Vice President since January, 2007. Prior to joining Goldman, Marti was a Director and equity partner at Quinn Gillespie and Associates, a bipartisan government and public relations consulting firm.
Marti’s government service included three years in the Clinton Administration as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs and Public Liaison under Secretary Summers and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax and Budget under Secretary Rubin. She also served for close to a decade as Executive Floor Assistant to House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, and held other positions on Capitol Hill.
Marti worked on a variety of Federal election campaigns as well as in the political departments at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and National Women’s Political Caucus. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband Michael Zola and two young children, Nate and Iris. Marti is a co-chair of Tahirih’s Public Policy Council and a former member of Tahirih’s Board of Directors.