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Thursday, January 17, 2019

T-Mobile Execs Booked Trump’s Hotel As Company Sought Merger Approval

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.


T-Mobile executives may have taken advantage of Trump’s obvious corruption by booking stays at his Washington, D.C. hotel at the same time as the company sought the Trump administration’s approval of its massive merger.

The Washington Post reports that, all told, nine T-Mobile executives paid at least $300 per night to stay at least 38 nights in Trump’s hotel. Those 38 visits were listed on a special “VIP Arrivals” list alerting staff to the presence of elite guests, so the actual number of stays could have been higher.

The surge of bookings came just as T-Mobile started pursuing a merger with Sprint valued at $26 billion.…

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White House Press Aide Raj Shah Dives Into Lobbying Swamp

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


Raj Shah has left his role as White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President. Shah occasionally filled in for Sarah Huckabee Sanders when she was still holding daily press briefings, which have since stopped without notice.

For much of 2018, until he was confirm-end Shah acted as the White House’s point person to ensure the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Shah will “launch and head media affairs firm Ballard Media Group with high-profile lobbyist Brian Ballard,” Shah said in a statement Monday, HuffPost reports. “Jamie Rubin, a former assistant secretary of state for public affairs under President Bill Clinton, has also signed on to lead the project.”

Shah is making the move ahead of other confirmation battles and an extraordinarily high attrition rate.…

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Polluters’ Pal Named To Head Fish And Wildfire Service

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.


Aurelia Skipwith, Trump’s nominee to head our nation’s Fish and Wildlife Service, is a Kentucky attorney and former Monsanto employee with ties to a one-time Montana state lawmaker with connections to former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Skipwith has a biology degree from Howard University and a master’s degree in molecular genetics from Purdue University. Her predecessor, Greg Sheehan, didn’t have the science degree required by federal law to be the acting director for the service. She also has a law degree from the University of Kentucky.

Skipwith is currently the deputy assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks, a job that pays $162,000 a year.

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