A Lobby Shop’s Bottom Line

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.


According to this memo, in one month, September 1997, The Wexler group lists $640,850.33 in billings for its 25-member staff. Another monthly project memo lists what services were rendered for such largesse: for the American Dental Association ($4,000), The Wexler Group was trying to set up a meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala; for General Motors ($25,000), the lobby shop was “monitoring regulatory reform”; for Owens Corning ($15,000), a former manufacturer of asbestos, The Wexler Group was offering help with product liability issues.

Burger King, another big client, paid The Wexler Group $15,000. The lobby shop’s chief duties include public relations and “general Washington representation.” A note in the margin of the project memo reports that a government study had cited Burger King for violating child labor laws. The margin note says that bad PR for Burger King is a good reason for Wexler to extract more money out of the fast-food giant, noting that the lobby shop should “revisit our contract; look for increased retainer.”

Back to “Doing Business With Despots

DEMOCRACY DOES NOT EXIST...

without free and fair elections, a vigorous free press, and engaged citizens to reclaim power from those who abuse it.

In this election year unlike any other—against a backdrop of a pandemic, an economic crisis, racial reckoning, and so much daily crazy—Mother Jones' journalism is driven by one simple question: Will America move closer to, or further from, justice and equity in the years to come?

If you're able to, please join us in this mission with a donation today. Our reporting right now is focused on voting rights and election security, corruption, disinformation, racial and gender equity, and the climate crisis. We can’t do it without the support of readers like you, and we need to give it everything we've got between now and November. Thank you.

DEMOCRACY DOES NOT EXIST...

without free and fair elections, a vigorous free press, and engaged citizens to reclaim power from those who abuse it.

In this election year unlike any other—against a backdrop of a pandemic, an economic crisis, racial reckoning, and so much daily crazy—Mother Jones' journalism is driven by one simple question: Will America move closer to, or further from, justice and equity in the years to come?

If you're able to, please join us in this mission with a donation today. Our reporting right now is focused on voting rights and election security, corruption, disinformation, racial and gender equity, and the climate crisis. We can’t do it without the support of readers like you, and we need to give it everything we've got between now and November. Thank you.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate