Bad sign? Pick to head USDOJ's Legal Policy a lobbyist for Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform?

If I've learned anything in a decade, it's that hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the single biggest lobbying entity --the US Chamber of Commerce-- over the same time, has an effect on the regulation and law under which the rest of us have to live.

The Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform was born against the backdrop of a Republican revolution that had been purchased by industry and their lobbying activities have especially favored those interests most averse to the tide of litigation that had begun to accomplish the objective of holding big business responsible for the civil damages left on the path of profitability.

The Chamber of Commerce ILR was delivered by C-section in time to take up the fight against US Government plans to sue Big Tobacco for recovery of medical costs after the Multi-State Agreement with most state Attorneys General left the Federal government recovering nothing at the end of 1998. 

So when I heard that President Obama is likely to nominate Mark Gitenstein for the top post of the Office of Legal Policy in a Department of Justice only beginning to think about depoliticizing itself, my reflexes were jerky, to say the least.


Check out "Is Obama’s Office of Legal Policy Pick a TortDeformer?" after reading this note.

First consider that many of the same front groups which joined the Chamber ILR legal reform 'coalition' were involved in the organization's turn to full-blown rightwing partisanship and responsible for putting George W Bush into office, then keeping him there.

I don't know enough of Mark Gitenstein's record to know whether the rest of his experience outweighs nearly a decade of Chamber efforts to tilt US law and regulation towards its big-money 'civil justice reforming' backers and, so often, against the interests of average you's and me's.

But it might be wise to remember that the Chamber was behind the illegal financing of campaign ads (since 2000) that tried to unseat the last Democratic Supreme Court Justice in Ohio.  The nationwide version of that agenda has been Karl Rove's objective since the early 90s as part of a larger election strategy. 

The litigation by Ohio Attorneys Arnebeck,Fitrakis and Eckert took on new life, last year, as they sought Mike Connell's testimony to allegations that Rove and the Chamber were involved in an ongoing pattern of corrupt activities to defraud elections.

So, just a thought to consider as one implication of a lobbyist for the Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform guiding legal policy at DOJ.  And more reading about Connell is found here.

Help me out with more of Gitenstein's record while you're at it.

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Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, as Freud said. This is just another in a string of capitulations by the new administration that are entirely unnecessary. "Tort reform" is just another word for "tough luck" for citizens seeking to express their grievances and recover losses.

This really isn't capitulation, however. It's to be taken at face value. Obama agrees with this guy, just like agrees with Geithner and Summers, just like he agrees with Brzezinski and Clinton (both of them).

In fact, it's fair to assume that the Democrats in Congress agree with all the garbage that they voted for because that's who they are.

Lots of work to do.

"Furthest from him is best, whom reason hath equaled, force hath made supreme above his equals." Milton

Didn't Obama vote in favor of Bush's tort reform measure? It is very sad how liberals are so impressed with Obama's rhetoric while paying so little attention to the substance of what he says and does.

for change and that interim-space patience he requested of progressives when they ripped into his 'not President yet' moves and he responded that appointees will be executing what his vision dictates.

When the machine is designed to do one thing and vision dictates another, I'm afraid that the reality of the nature of the machine wins out.

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

I don't know which is more depressed, me or the economy. 

 At least you're not alone - you have friends!

The current stimulus plan has me depressed. What a colossal waste of money. When I think of all of the good it could do...instead - poof.


PS Chamber of Commerce - it's so sad it's become such a corrupt organization. It hurts small businesses and they don't even know it.

The worst cut in my opinion is funds to States. That's the front where the damage is going to really hit. I'm not forgetting foreclosures, but housing hasn't been part of this package.


of companies he lobbied for..... waiver..Obama Admin. has to issue him one?

Possible Justice Department Appointee to Require Lobbyist Waiver

Because if everyone signs a waiver then they're not really lobbyists anymore.  

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