Liz Cheney’s Failure a Huge Loss for Her “Biggest Benefactors,” the K Street Lobbyists


K Street lobbyists and lawyers lost their favorite representative Tuesday night when Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman defeated Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).

Before the pivotal primary in Wyoming's congressional district, Politifact revealed how lobbyists and lawyers have been among “Cheney's biggest benefactors throughout her political career.”

The establishment media outlet reported that more than forty-eight Republican lobbyists signed up to host a single event for Cheney in 2021.

Politico added that a number of prominent lobbyists made donations to Cheney during the last few weeks of her campaigning, even when she had been expected to lose to Hageman.

The outlet’s Caitlyn Oprysko delved into the details:

Samuel Olchyk of Venable, Michael Robinson of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Khary Cauthen of Cheniere, Julius Hobson of Polsinelli and Christopher Boesen of Tiber Creek Associates of Capitol Hill, are among the registered lobbyists who wrote checks to Cheney in the final weeks of the primary, along with Joshua Dorner, the managing director of SKDK’s Washington office and Hal Quinn, the head of the National Mining Association.

— CVS Health’s Shannon Penberthy and ACG Advocacy’s Michael Barbera also wrote checks to Cheney this year, and throughout the campaign, she received donations of at least $2,900 — the maximum amount allowed for individuals for a primary — from Nathanson + Hauck’s Megan Hauck, the Business Roundtable’s Josh Bolten and Kristen Silverberg, Blackstone’s Wayne Berman, Coinbase’s Kara Calvert, Fierce Government Relations’ Kirk Blalock, Forbes Tate Partners’ Jeff Forbes (a Democrat), West Front Strategies’ Shimmy Stein and Airlines for America’s Nick Calio.

— James Richards of Cornerstone Government Affairs, Brian Shinault of American Strategic Partners and Denise Morrisey of Capitol Counsel have also donated to Hageman.

Donations were also given by former lawmakers.

It includes “Filemón Vela, Congress Minutes reported. Former Reps. Mac Thornberry, Martha Roby and Rodney Frelinghuysen also contributed via their old campaign accounts, while former Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen gave to Cheney personally.”

Jeff Miller, a House Republican Chairman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) ally who owns Miller Strategies, a lobbying agency, said in 2021 that they could be working for Cheney or they could work for a new House speaker.


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