Calls of Power
Anne L. Wexler says lobbyists don't wield inordinate power in Washington. "Issues are decided on their merits," she tells Mother Jones. Yet a review of this call-back list prepared for her last September 18 demonstrates real access. Among the callers: A top policy wonk (the Democratic Leadership Council's Al From); Ed Hall, the minority chief of staff for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and huge corporate clients (Arnie Wellman of United Parcel Service, Rick Stoddard of Kaiser Ventures, and Ralph Gerson of Guardian Industries).
|09/17/97||Al From/DLC||Please Call.|
|09/17/97||1||Betsy & Johnny Apple||Congratulations on your wedding anniversary!_Heaps of love!!|
|09/17/97||Ed Hall||Re: Hearing on Foley Nomination on Sept. 24th. Please call.|
|09/17/97||2||Elena Futter/ |
Tom Daschle's ofc.
|Would like to talk about an event for his 50th birthday.|
|09/17/97||3||Derek Guest||OSHA has sent letters to Derek. (It's not bad.)|
|09/17/97||Sen. Kerrey||Returned your call.|
|09/17/97||Arnie Wellman||Returned your call.|
|It is very unlikely that Stu will be able to meet George Fisher on the 25th. Please call.|
|09/17/97||Rick Stoddard||Please call on Tuesday, Sept. 23|
|09/17/97||Ralph Gerson||Please call.|
|09/17/97||5||Debbie Dingell||Please call re: Contract|
|09/17/97||Bill Marion/ |
Sen. Reed's office
|Fundraiser first two weeks of October looks good.|
1. The New York Times' chief Washington Correspondent R.W. "Johnny" Apple and his wife, Betsy Apple, send Wexler "heaps of love." The venerable Apple is a useful contact since he admits that he puts a lot of trust in establishment friends (like Wexler). He once said, "If Lawrence Eagleburger or Zbignew Brzezinski and one or two others were to say to me [about a story], 'That's a lot of crap,' I tend to be hesitant to put it forward."