Not Quite #DrainTheSwamp: A Running List Of Lobbyists On Trump's Transition Team

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Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump has portrayed himself as the ultimate outsider, not beholden to special interests and lobbyists, and uniquely qualified to stop corruption and influence-peddling in the halls of power in Washington, D.C. Along with building “the wall” and “Crooked Hillary,” condemning special interests and the #DrainTheSwamp meme was a recurring catchphrase in his speeches.

Last October, he railed against “the political class that is owned outright by special interests and lobbyists.” He continued: “They’ve betrayed our workers, they’ve betrayed our borders and, most of all, they’ve betrayed our freedoms. We will save our sovereign rights as a nation. We will end the politics of profit; we will end the rule of special interests.”

What a difference a few days make. Just three days after his victory on Tuesday night, Trump has surrounded himself with advisers who are lobbyists and a transition team guided by those who represent the very “special interests” he decried, including lobbyists for Google, oil companies, mining giants, and other corporations and organizations, according to excellent reporting in Politico and the New York Times, both of which obtained an organizational chart of the transition team (see below).

Advocates for progressive causes and safety and health regulations were not surprised at Trump’s apparent hypocrisy on lobbyists. “I don’t think it’s any surprise that his ‘drain the swamp’ sloganeering turned out to be just that,” wrote Matthew Shudtz, the executive director of the Center for Progressive Reform, in an email to Fast Company. “To me, the interesting question is whether Mr. Trump will develop any sort of unifying vision for his team. Or are we entering an era of deregulatory free-for-all?”

And Karl Frisch, executive director or Progress Now, emailed: “It’s hard to fight the ‘rigged’ system when you fill your administration with the very individuals complicit in the rigging. President-elect Trump promised millions of angry Americans that Washington would be different under his leadership. He decried the influence of big banks, Wall Street fat cats, and powerful special interests. Now it appears he’s offering them room-and-board in the White House. If these leaked reports are to be believed, the swamp’s drain is obviously clogged.”

Here’s an alphabetical running list of all the lobbyists currently working for the team, their roles, and their lobbying history. And it will be updated.

Albright, Bud
Agencies task force
Lobbyist with Ogilvy Government Relations
Clients: Calpine Corporation, Delta Star, Deltic Timber, National Association of Water Companies

Bagger, Rich
Transition team executive director
Lobbyist for Celgene Corporation

Bernhardt, David
Interior Department transition team
Lobbyist with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Clients: Westlands Water District (in California)
Former clients: Freeport LNG, Rosemont Copper

Carter, Jim
Tax reform
Lobbyist for Emerson manufacturing company

Catanzaro, Mike
Energy independence
Lobbyist with CGCN Group
Clients: American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Hess, Encana, Noble Energy, Devon Energy

Chatfield, William Austin
Veterans Administration reform
Owned a lobbying firm, Kindness & Chatfield
Clients: Software firms

Ciccone, Christine
Transition team
Lobbyist for Centrus Energy and formerly lobbied for Honeywell

Collins, Rob
Lobbyist with S-3 Group
Clients: Google, JPMorgan, United LaunchAlliance (Lockheed Martin + Boeing joint venture), Council for Investor Rights and Corporate Accountability

Eisenach, Jeffrey
FCC transition team
Consultant to telecom industry who’s been paid by Verizon and AT&T

Ference, Mike
Energy independence
Lobbyist with S-3 Group
Clients: Halliburton, Koch Industries, Marathon Oil

Ferguson, Mike
Transition team
Lobbyist with Ferguson Strategies LLC
Clients: Lilly, Roche, Merck, Genentech, Verizon

Hayden, Cindy
Homeland Security transition team
Lobbies for Altria, the tobacco giant

Hart, J. Steven
Labor Department transition team
Lobbyist with William & Jensen
Clients: Anthem, Cheniere Energy, Coca-Cola, General Electric, Visa,, PhRMA, United Airlines, and the American Council of Life Insurers.

Hohlt, Rick
Transition team
Lobbyist with the Hohlt Group
Clients: Sallie Mae, Bristol Myers, Chevron, the Federalist Group, JPMorgan Chase, Nuclear Energy Institute

Lundberg, Rolf
Trade reform
Lobbies for Choice Hotels and the International Franchise Association

Machida, Ado
Policy team
Lobbies for defense giant BAE System, formerly lobbied for Hitachi America, UPS

McKenna, Michael
Energy Department transition team
Lobbyist with MWR Strategies
Clients: Engie, Southern Company, Dow Chemical

Palatucci, William
Transition team general counsel
Lobbyist with Dughi, Hewit and Palatucci
Clients: Aetna and Verizon

Torrey, Michael
Agriculture Department transition team
Lobbies for the American Beverage Association, Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau.

Whitmer, Martin
Transportation and infrastructure
Lobbyist with Whitmer & Worrall
Clients: American Association of Railroads, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, Utilities Technology Council

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