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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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Mehlman’s Latest

Politico Influence

By Theodoric Meyer

Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas sent out his signature quarterly PowerPoint to clients this morning, explaining the political climate using a range of data. It’s an abbreviated version of the one sent out last week highlighting the parallels between the Gilded Age and today, which got pickup from The Washington Post and the Cook Political Report.

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Axios AM: Mike’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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We are in a new “Gilded Age”

Politics Inside and Out With Chris Frates

By Radio

Political strategists Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti talk about their new report which states we are in a new “Gilded Age.”

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Boom Time Ahead for Tech Lobbyists as Policy Threats Intensify

Axios

By Ina Fried

While tech giants like Facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple have already stepped up their lobbying efforts, there is a growing belief the companies will have to pay even more attention to policy in the coming years as regulators across the globe increase scrutiny, Axios’ Kim Hart reports. What we’ve heard: Prominent tech lobbyist Bruce Mehlman tells Kim that the industry giants face issues related to trade, security, privacy, market power and more. And it’s not just those in Washington taking notice.

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The Second Gilded Age and Its Discontents

National Journal

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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