Opponents of minimum wage increase in NYS tap a notorious tobacco lobbyist

Opponents of the proposed minimum wage increase in New York State have tapped a notorious tobacco and fast food lobbyist to help them make their case. One of Berman’s industry front groups, the Employment Policies Institute, published an op-ed in the Buffalo News last week that argued that an increase in the minimum wage would lead to job losses. I have an op-ed in today’s Buffalo News that puts that op-ed in proper context:
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Meet the Fix the Debt lobbyists

According to a new filing, the Campaign to Fix the Debt, whose leadership includes lobbyists Vic Fazio and Jim McCrery, has hired lobbyists of its own. A lobbying disclosure filing by Fix the Debt reveals that as of January 2, Cynthia S. Brown, Nathaniel Hoopes, and Elizabeth Wroe will be lobbying for the campaign “to educate on the need for a comprehensive plan to fix the US long term debt and deficits.”

The grassroots insurgency rings bells for Social Security cuts in Davos

As we know, though the Campaign to Fix the Debt holds itself out to be budget hawks, its leaders’ companies lobby for corporate tax breaks and pocket billions in defense contracts while they attack the social safety net. Recent stories and reports have highlighted the way that the Campaign to Fix the Debt advocates for the private interests of the large finance houses, defense contractors, and other corporate interests that comprise its leadership.

But who are the lobbyists’ lobbyists?
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