March 29, 2016

Moran registers as a lobbyist for his top donors

Jim Moran made a career out of pay-to-play schemes, raking in campaign cash in exchange for political favors. Now he’s making a second career as a lobbyist playing the same corrupt game – lobbying for the companies that donated to him while he was in office.

Congressional ethics rules bar former members from registering as lobbyists for one year after they leave Congress. Like clockwork, Moran has officially registered as a lobbyist just over a year after he left office in January 2015.

Moran has filed to lobby on behalf of Boeing and General Dynamics, defense contractors with whom Moran worked closely during his time on the powerful House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Boeing and General Dynamics are both on the list of the top 20 donors to Moran over his congressional career.

Boeing and its employees gave $156,000 to Moran over his career, making them his 3rd highest all-time donor. General Dynamics and its employees gave $75,600 to Moran, making them his 12th highest all-time donor.

Is anyone the least bit surprised that Moran is cashing in this way? Moran scratches defense contractors’ backs, they scratch his. That’s been the game for years. Moran built his career on corruption, going all the way back to his time on the Alexandria City Council and running through his entire tenure in Congress. Now his legacy of corruption continues into his new career as a lobbyist.



April 13, 2015

Moran: Don’t take away my pension!

The Hill reported on a bipartisan proposal by members of Congress to remove former members’ taxpayer-funded pension. Jim Moran’s taxpayer-funded pension earns him over $100,000 a year. This is just a bonus compared to the untold hundreds of thousands he’s already raking in from a lobbying firm, two oil companies, and the government of Azerbaijan. From The Hill:

“Recently retired Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who went to work for McDermott Will & Emery as a senior legislative adviser last month, told The Hill he would ‘probably’ become a lobbyist after the one-year ban expires.

He plans to work on causes he fought for as a legislator, including the environment, clean energy policy and ‘fairer treatment for Native American tribes,’ among other issues.

He was among those denouncing the pension bills as unfairly targeting a worthwhile profession.

‘It’s the self-righteous stuff that is disappointing because many members have gone on to a legislative career to advocate for things they really care about.'”

“Fight for things they really care about” – like, in Moran’s case, their own bank accounts.

January 29, 2015

Moran set to cash in as a lobbyist

The broke Jim Moran has taken a job as a lobbyist with the D.C. law firm McDermott Will & Emery. He will start as a legislative advisor because ethics rules bar him from registering as a lobbyist for the first year that he is out of Congress. After a year has passed, he’ll register as a lobbyist. He plans to lobby on behalf of defense contractors, who gave him tons of money while he was in Congress.

No word on how much he’ll be paid, but it will surely be a hefty sum. We’ll see if he blows it all on stock gambling.

January 8, 2015

Out of Congress, Moran is trying to cash in – and help human rights violators

Jim Moran is no longer a member of Congress. Now he’s seeking big bucks.

The Sunlight Foundation reports that he’s gotten gigs with lobbyist group McDermott, Will and Emery; Massachusetts energy company Homeland Fuels; and the Assembly of Friends of Azerbaijan (AFAZ), a group that seeks to foster “friendship, understanding and cooperation between the United States and Azerbaijan”. A spokesman for AFAZ said Moran will “provide consulting and advising services to AFAZ in its activities in the United States.”

AFAZ is a U.S. based public relations arm of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, which is owned by the Azerbaijani government, according to the Houston Chronicle.

So Moran is basically working for a foreign state, one which has been flagged for human rights violations.

© Reuters 2013

Policemen use water cannons to break up the crowd of protesters during a rally in Baku, March 10, 2013. Police in Azerbaijan fired rubber bullets and water cannon at hundreds of opposition protesters demonstrating on Sunday against violence in the military in the oil-rich country. REUTERS/Elmar Mustafazadeh

Human Rights Watch reports that the Azerbaijani government has been cracking down on free speech, arresting political opponents and journalists on bogus charges and breaking up peaceful protests. It has also been accused of torture and mistreatment of prisoners.

Straight from the halls of the United States Congress to the payroll of an anti-freedom foreign government? Certainly an interesting career path for Jim Moran.

It’s also interesting that he’s working for a domestic energy company that wants to reduce dependence on foreign oil and simultaneously working for a foreign oil company.

Apparently Moran will auction himself off to the highest bidder(s), no matter what they stand for.

December 17, 2014

Jim Moran on whether he reads bills: “Are you kidding?” reports:

“The $560 billion 2015 National Defense Authorization Act passed Congress recently, and the details of the bill have military families worried. In addition to the usual appropriations for aircraft, tanks, and buildings, the bill includes funding for fighting military sexual trauma and conducting various research studies, but it cuts service members pay and benefits.

One would hope that members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees carefully read the half-trillion-dollar bill to be sure that nothing was amiss. However, members of Congress admit that they did not read the bill before passing it. …

With so much riding on this 1,600-page bill, the smallest detail could cost millions of dollars. But when asked if members of Congress had read the bill before passing it, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said, ‘Of course not. Are you kidding?’

Moran drew public scorn earlier this year for saying that members of Congress were underpaid and couldn’t live decently in Washington.

He went on to say that he would not read the bill because he trusted ‘the leadership.’ When asked if leadership had read the bill, Moran replied, ‘I know their staff has.'”

And this guy’s career in Congress is being hailed and commemorated…

November 20, 2014

Moran is unashamed of shameful earmarks

Jim Moran has a long history with the infamous earmark – something President Obama has calleda bad Washington habit that wastes billions of taxpayer dollars”. He’s used them in exchange for campaign cash, including nearly $200,000 from a company that was shut down by the FBI. He [in]famously declared in 2006 that he would “earmark the sh*t out of” the House Appropriations Committee, and after House Republicans (in agreement with President Obama) banned earmarks in 2011, Moran boasted that he knew how to get around the ban. (All this despite an aspiration to “get the money out of politics”.)

Now Moran is waxing nostalgic about about the good ol’ days when he and his friends in Congress could blow billions of taxpayer dollars in earmarks.

From InsideNOVA:

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran departs Congress unrepentant on the need for those much-maligned targeted budget items known as earmarks.

Moran – who once famously, if jokingly, promised to “earmark the shit out of” the federal budget if Democrats regained control in Congress – told the annual meeting of the Inter-Service Club Council of Arlington that the spending measures that used to be inserted at the behest of individual members of Congress should be brought back.

Horse-trading among members of Congress, or between the executive and legislative branches, is hardly new. Moran noted that Abraham Lincoln had to trade things in order to win congressional support for emancipation of slaves.

“It may be messy, it may not pass muster with the good-government groups,” Moran said of the earmarks process, but “it’s a system that has worked for 200 years.”

You would think Moran would be spending this time trying to shape his shameful legacy into something positive for people to remember about his time in Congress. But he doesn’t see it as shameful, so he keeps pushing forward with the same old garbage.