It seems that every lobbying interest in the country had a response to the State of the Union address, but none quite as creative as John Kelly’s.
Kelly, a tax lobbyist with Cornerstone Government Affairs, found himself inspired when President Barack Obama said, “Over the years, a parade of lobbyists has rigged the tax code to benefit particular companies and industries.”
“You know who you are! Let’s have a parade! Or a beer!” the Facebook page states. “No purpose to this group other than to have a little fun.”
Already the group has more than 40 members, including Jeff MacKinnon of Ryan, MacKinnon, Vasapoli and Berzok; Van Scoyoc Associates’ Jeff Trinca; Capitol Counsel’s John Raffaelli; Jimmy Williams of SNR Denton; and Dena Battle of the National Association of Manufacturers, among others.
“We e-mailed or Facebooked back and forth with some funny quips and a couple of us thought, ‘Let’s just start a page with no real reason and invite friends who happen to be tax lobbyists,’” Kelly said. “Maybe at some point we’ll get together to share information or share jokes. ... We appreciate the president shining a light on our profession.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.