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Topic - Dave Levinthal
Not long after George Allen lost his U.S. Senate seat in Virginia in 2006, the Republican launched a private consulting business that bills itself as a "recognized leader in helping clients navigate the waters inside — and outside — the Beltway."
A review of campaign records shows that more than half of those ranked among the top 100 "hard money" political givers for 2008 don't appear on that exclusive list in 2010 — what has been billed as the most expensive midterm election in U.S. history.
New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer has a mountain of campaign cash for a re-election race expected to present little more than a speed bump, allowing him to share some of his wealth with imperiled Democrats.
Six months after the passage of President Obama's landmark health care reform, health care industry groups are spending a record amount of cash on candidates and causes as the prospect of major Republican gains this fall puts the future of Mr. Obama's signature legislative accomplishment in doubt.
The lobbying office Dan Coats left in February to pursue a return to the U.S. Senate is only about two miles from the Capitol, but the path from the lobbying world back to Congress is rarely traveled.
Weeks after the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began, the fundraising arm for Senate Democrats circulated a petition to hold BP "accountable" while accusing Republicans of making excuses for "bad environmental actors."
"There are plenty of people in the political-influence industry who do all they can to keep from having a big old scarlet letter L sewn into their suit, particularly if they have elected ambitions or if they just don't want to be labeled as a lobbyist," he said.
"That almost certainly would come up in a campaign," said Dave Levinthal, a spokesman for the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.