Thursday, December 18, 2014

Yes Weekly and Hartzman on Greensboro's DC lobbyist.

"The city entered into the contract with Pillsbury Shaw Pittman in 2012, agreeing to pay about $70,000 a year for the firm’s assistance with a variety of federal funding initiatives.

The new two-year contract will cost the city $140,400 in all, with the Greensboro Partnership of the Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce providing an additional $23,400 for the same purposes.

The firm helped secure two grants for the city in 2014 totaling $114,505."
So the City pays its share, and taxpayers fund the Partnership, who pays the other portion, so taxpayers are funding a lobbyist for Roy Carroll, Jim Melvin, Koury and Marty Kotis.

Pillsbury also represents Duke Energy, so Pillsbury is working to prevent North Carolina from cleaning up its coal ash mess.

Pillsbury also represents Bank of America, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Wells Fargo, so Pillsbury just successfully lobbied for financial deregulation in the Cromnibus bill that put US taxpayers on the hook for an additional $300 trillion in derivatives for Pillsbury's other clients, which is not in the best interests of Greensboro's taxpayers.

The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) named Pillsbury the World's Best Outsourcing Advisor, meaning Pillsbury is also in the business of sending local jobs elsewhere.