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Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns

The Hill

By The Hill Staff

Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas Inc.
When they aren’t fighting for clients on Capitol Hill, Mehlman and Castagnetti travel around the country providing insight for groups outside the Beltway into how American leaders think.

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White House wants a tax bill by Friday

PoliticoPro

By Nancy Cook

When House Speaker Paul Ryan warned President Donald Trump during a Tuesday Oval Office meeting that the rollout of the long-awaited tax reform bill might have to be postponed a day, the president said that was fine. The White House has so far been blasé about the delay, provided it doesn’t extend into the weekend, according to three senior administration officials — and Trump even told Ryan he’d be fine if it takes until Friday, said two people briefed on their conversation. “It’s an additional 24 hours of suspense — not great for the blood pressure, but by no means fatal,” said Sage Eastman, former deputy staff director to Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), former chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which released its own tax proposal in 2014.

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Budget Vote Raises Red Flag For GOP on Tax Reform

The Hill

By Naomi Jagoda and Cristina Marcos

“This was a win for leadership,” said Sage Eastman, a former Ways and Means Committee aide who now works as a lobbyist at Mehlman Castagnetti. “They muscled the budget through without having to go to conference and without having to negotiate a tax deal…They now have the runway clear to move the tax bill,” said Eastman. “It doesn’t make the tax bill any easier or harder, but it does give them the chance to land it.”

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America’s tech giants have no political party to protect them

The Economist

By Print Edition

The tech giants have suddenly found themselves without a political party to protect them, just when they most need one. On November 1st executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter will testify before the House Intelligence Committee about how their platforms were used by Russia’s government during last year’s election. Politicians on both sides of the aisle, though they see eye-to-eye on very little, seem to agree that giant internet companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google may pose a threat to society. “If data is the new oil, is [Amazon’s Jeff] Bezos the new Rockefeller?” asks Bruce Mehlman, a Republican lobbyist, in a report called “Navigating the New Gilded Age”, which is circulating in Washington.

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Is Mark Zuckerberg the new Rockefeller?

Australian Broadcast Corporation

By Television Appearance

Republican strategist Bruce Mehlman explains why there are “eerie” parallels between the Gilded Age and modern America today

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Mike Allen’s Top 10

Axios

By Mike Allen

The income inequality that was the hallmark of the Gilded Age in the late 1800s was driven by changes in employment as the nation moved from agriculture to manufacturing. Lobbyist Bruce Mehlman finds a similar trend in Census data showing growth of service industry employment and continuing decline of manufacturing jobs.

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Modern American Faces Turn

National Review

By Michael Barone

Is America in a new Gilded Age? That’s the contention of Republican political consultant Bruce Mehlman, and in a series of 35 slides, he makes a strong case.

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The Second Gilded Age and Its Discontents

The Cook Political Report

By Charlie Cook

Washington is a town full of smart people, and one of the smartest is Bruce Mehlman of the bipartisan lobbying firm of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. It isn’t the bachelor’s degree from Princeton or the law degree from the University of Virginia that make Mehlman stand out, nor is it his past positions as policy director for the House Republican Conference or as assistant secretary of Commerce during George W. Bush’s administration. It is his consistently insightful and creative quarterly PowerPoint presentations that he sends out to clients and friends, and puts on his firm’s website.

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