Two of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s former aides have lobbied for corporate giants looking to influence Joe Biden’s agenda

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  • Two former associates of Sen. Kirsten Cinema have lobbied for corporate giants who have tried to influence President Joe Biden’s agenda.
  • Former employees have recently lobbied for financial giant HSBC, coffee chain Starbucks, investment firm C5 Capital, power company Duke Energy and others.
  • The Cinema Build Back Better Act does not commit to voting for Biden’s $1.75 trillion social and climate spending package.

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Two former associates of Sen. Kirsten Cinema have lobbied for corporate giants who have sought to influence President Joe Biden’s agenda.

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Former employees recently lobbied for financial giant HSBC, coffee chain Starbucks, investment firm C5 Capital, power company Duke Energy, lead and copper producer Dow Run Company and mining company Broken Hill Proprietary, according to registration and quarterly reports.

The two men, Kate Gonzales and Alyssa Marois, appear to be rare examples of former cinema employees registered to lobby the federal government. His position makes him particularly valuable to his clients because his former boss, the Arizona Democrat, has a significant vote in the Senate divided 50-50 by party.

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Cinema and the conservative Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.V. Has played a key role in the Democratic-held Senate over the past year as his party tries to pass bills including the Biden Build Back Better Act with a simple majority. A single Democratic defector can sabotage the big law.

The Cinema Build Back Better Act does not commit to voting for Biden’s $1.75 trillion social and climate spending package. As Democrats negotiated the Build Back Better Act last year, Sinema rejected Biden’s proposal to raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to at least 25%. He favored more complex schemes for a minimum corporate tax and a higher tax on the wealthiest.

The centrist rankles his party members on other issues as well: while he supports An election reform bill the Senate plans to take up this week opposes eliminating the filibuster to pass it in the face of unified GOP efforts to block it.

Cinema helped write and vote on Biden’s recently signed $1 trillion infrastructure law. Meanwhile, Munchkin has opposed the Build Back Better plan and any changes to the filibuster rules.

Gonzales, one of Cinema’s former allies turned lobbyist, must wait a year before being able to lobby the Office of Cinema, according to the Senate. rules, Gonzales’ LinkedIn page said he left Sinema’s office in April after five months as a policy advisor.

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His past experience includes just over a year as a Legislative Associate for Cinema. Gonzales could still lobby other lawmakers and their staff.

Representatives for HSBC and the Office of Cinema declined to comment. Gonzales, Marois and the other existing customers mentioned in this story did not return requests for comment prior to publication.

Marois, who worked for Sinema’s office while she was in the House of Representatives, became senior vice president of public affairs. hsbc Last year. company announced his hiring At the end of September. She was previously a lobbyist for Wall Street titan JPMorgan Chase.

A third-quarter lobbying disclosure report, covering July through September, shows that Marois helped lobby HSBC on bills in which cinema has played a major role. The report lists the House-passed Build Back Better Act, the US rescue plan signed last year, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed in 2020.

Cinema voted for the latter two bills and has not committed to supporting the house version of Build Back Better.

The lobbying report said Marois and the lobbying team at HSBC are linked to the House, Senate, Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Marois was a legislative director for cinema for part of 2017. Cinema won election to the Senate in 2018.

Many former advisers to MPs become lobbyists. A group of Munchkin’s former associates have recently garnered influential clients including gas and oil giant Hayes, a nonprofit founded by media giant Comcast and former campaign manager Mike Businesshala.

‘Fresh Intelligence’

Gonzales held various roles with Sinema and worked with Biden’s presidential campaign in April, according to her LinkedIn profile, before she became policy adviser at lobbying juggernaut Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Gonzales’ profile on his firm’s website says he is part of the lobbying shop’s energy, environmental and resource strategy group. The website notes that Gonzales “provides clients with Democratic priorities and fresh intelligence on where and when policy is likely to shift. He is highly skilled at developing compelling messages for moderate Democrats and Republicans, a narrowly divided Important polling block in Congress.”

Mining company Broken Hill Proprietary and investment firm C5 Capital are among its recent clients, according to the lobbying registration. BHP has its presence in Texas and is headquartered in Australia. Gonzales and one of his other colleagues at Brownstein registered for BHP in December to lobby on “issues related to legacy mining assets,” the form says.

C5 Capital, which has offices in London, New York and Luxembourg, says Gonzales and the firm’s other lobbyists are working on “issues related to nuclear energy.” He registered to lobby the investment firm in November.

The third-quarter lobbying report shows that Gonzales and his colleagues lobbied Starbucks on “issues related to ethical sourcing, sustainability and green buildings.” They targeted the House, the Senate, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, according to the filing.

Power company Duke Energy said that Gonzales and fellow Brownstein lobbyists discussed Build Back Better and “with the House, Senate and Department of Energy in the third quarter on issues related to clean air regulations and legislation and climate change, natural gas, renewables, and other aspects.” Worked. Energy Policy,” according to the report.

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