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Chet Edwards and Gene Green Help Lobbyists With Oil Bill-Private Meetings with Oil Lobbyists

22 January 2007 at 2:32:47 PM

So much for lobbying reforms. I didn't like it when I saw that Cheney had a closed door meeting with oil executives and lobbyists, etc to craft the energy bill (secret secret information lest the public find out WHO was at that meeting) and I don't like reading THIS either.

On the oil bill, Segal represented a leading oil refinery and an industry trade association. His team included former Rep. Jim Chapman (D-Texas), along with Mike Pate, who was legislative director to the late Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas). All three reached out to moderate Democrats in the new Congress.

The moderates in turn had ready access to Pelosi and paved the way in adjusting the final bill. Two Texans took the lead: Reps. Gene Green, who represents the Houston area, and Chet Edwards of Waco.

Green said the process worked because Pelosi took the unusual step of calling on "energy state legislators to tell her what we could agree to." Green particularly was a point of contact for the industry and for staff. On Jan. 9, he held a private meeting of about a dozen Congress members and 20 to 30 lobbyists — including those representing every major oil company — to go through the legislation.

My beef here isn't that a meeting was held, it is that it was PRIVATE. There is NO meeting that ought to be held between a congressman and LOBBYISTS that should be private. It ought to be held up to public scrutiny.

The meeting followed sessions in Pelosi's office on the bill, often led by her top energy aide, Amy Fuerstenau.

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