Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Geithner's Chief of Staff Was Lobbyist for Goldman Sachs

Imagine my surprise.

The new chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was a top lobbyist for Goldman Sachs until last year, reports WSJ.

Mark Patterson left Goldman in April, he was vice president for government relations, and was registered to lobby Congress on legislation including energy tax credits and Indian gaming, according to disclosure forms filed with Congress. Patterson monitored other issues moving through Congress that Goldman never took a position on, including foreclosure-prevention measures and shareholder votes on executive compensation.

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