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Yahoo's Michael Isikoff notes Elmendorf is a "key player" in her campaign. Elmendorf runs Subject Matter, "a go-to Democratic lobbying firm for corporate interests, raking more than $10 million in fees last year." Its clients include Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Verizon, and Monsanto.
This isn't an ideal image for Clinton, who has been fighting her ties to Wall Street. Just yesterday, Anderson Cooper asked Clinton, "did you have to be paid $675,000" for speeches to Goldman Sachs. She replied, "That's what they offered."
In turn, as “proof” that she’s progressive, Clinton touted the endorsement of former Vermont governor and farther-left presidential candidate Howard Dean, now himself an employee of a healthcare lobbying firm.
He’s not exactly a “lobbyist,” but he more or less is.
Here’s how The Intercept describes him:
Dean, though he rarely discloses the title during his media appearances, now serves as senior advisor to the law firm Dentons, where he works with the firm’s Public Policy and Regulation practice, a euphemism for Dentons’ lobbying team. Dean is not a lawyer, but neither is Newt Gingrich, who is among the growing list of former government officials and politicians that work in the Public Policy and Regulation practice of Dentons.
The Dentons Public Policy and Regulation practice lobbies on behalf of a variety of corporate health care interests, including the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a powerful trade group for drugmakers like Pfizer and Merck.
Not only is Dean now a corporate shill for Big Pharma, he is actively campaigning against his own support for single-payer healthcare (Medicare-for-all, as Bernie calls it) while also playing a surrogate for the Clinton camp.