Job hunt­ing sub­stan­tial part of Bayh’s last year

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Evan Bayh spent sub­stan­tial time dur­ing his last year in the Se­nate search­ing for a job in the pri­vate sec­tor, even as he cast votes on is­sues of in­ter­est to his fu­ture cor­po­rate bosses, ac­cord­ing to the for­mer In­di­ana law­maker’s 2010 sched­ule, ob­tained ex­clu­sively by AP. The Demo­crat held more than four dozen meet­ings and phone calls with head hunters and fu­ture cor­po­rate em­ploy­ers over the months, be­gin­ning just days after an­nounc­ing his sur­prise re­tire­ment from the Se­nate on Feb. 15, 2010, through the re­main­der of that year as his term came to an end. Bayh is now run­ning to get his old seat back and help his party re­take Se­nate con­trol.

An­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment, Bayh claimed he’d grown fed up with the grid­lock and that it was time for him to “con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety in an­other way.” Two days later, on Feb 17, Bayh was on the phone with a job headhunter. In the months to come, Bayh met and talked re­peat­edly with head­hunters at more than a half-dozen re­cruit­ing firms, and with of­fi­cials at Apollo Global Man­age­ment, Marathon Oil Co, and three other com­pa­nies he would work with after his re­tire­ment: the McGuireWoods law firm,

Lead­ing Au­thor­i­ties, Inc speaker’s bureau, and the in­vest­ment firm RLJ Com­pa­nies. At the same time the Se­nate was weigh­ing ma­jor pieces of leg­is­la­tion, in­clud­ing the Dodd-Frank fi­nan­cial over­haul bill and an ex­ten­sion of the Bush tax cuts, and in some cases Bayh was cast­ing votes that seemed to align with the in­ter­ests of his fu­ture em­ploy­ers. Un­der the Se­nate’s self-polic­ing rules, it may all have been per­fectly al­low­able.

A 2007 law re­quires sen­a­tors to file a dis­clo­sure with the sec­re­tary of the Se­nate within three days of be­gin­ning ne­go­ti­a­tions for pri­vate-sec­tor em­ploy­ment. But after the law went into ef­fect, the Se­nate Ethics Com­mit­tee de­fined ne­go­ti­a­tions as em­ploy­ment dis­cus­sions that oc­cur after a job of­fer has been made. So Bayh would not have had to dis­close his job meet­ings to any­one, as long as they oc­curred prior to a solid of­fer. “It’s ou­tra­geous,” said Craig Hol­man, a lob­by­ist with Pub­lic Cit­i­zen who helped Democrats write the ethics lan­guage in­tended to elim­i­nate con­flicts of in­ter­est. “What we were un­aware of at the time was how Congress would ma­nip­u­late the rule so that they re­ally don’t abide by it.” — AP

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