John Boehner goes Lobbying

The study of lobbying in Unit 3 (interest groups and elections) is always a bugbear – it is too easily (and mistakenly) likened to the pressure group topic at AS and too often done poorly at A2. This example is therefore incredibly helpful.

John Boehner, former Repubican Speaker of the House of Representatives has taken up a post at the sixth biggest lobbying firm in the USA, Squire Patton Boggs. Lobbying is prolific amongst ex-Congressman but this is a very high profile example

“Boehner will be a “strategic adviser” at the firm — a common designation for former legislators who take K Street jobs after leaving office but do not register to lobby. The firm said Boehner will not lobby Congress and will instead advise corporate clients on global business development.”

While this statement says he will not [directly] lobby Congress, in advising business clients, think about the wealth of information he has to offer them on ways to influence Congress, from how a bill gets through, to lobbying committees, or which members might be open to hearing their cases.

“Boehner said in a statement. “My role with Squire Patton Boggs will give me the opportunity to engage with leaders in business and government throughout the world and help them work through the challenges they face.””

This is useful for Unit 3 when trying to explain revolving door appointments, or the role of lobbysists in DC and how they maintain their influence.