WASHINGTON, DC – New reporting from the New York Times revealed messy ties between new Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and a top lobbyist with a slew of Fortune 500 corporate clients. As McCarthy’s “closest confidant” and “top fundraiser,” Jeff Miller has rare access to the Speaker — and some of his key clients have already benefited.
A Speaker Kevin McCarthy is a win for corporate interests everywhere. McCarthy has made clear that while his day job is tending to the needs of his most extreme members, his true love will always be the lobbyist crowd and their major corporate backers. Now, with the new MAGA majority in the House, these lobbyists and corporations are staying close to make sure they benefit — and McCarthy is enabling it all.”
Accountable.US spokesperson Derek Martin
Some of Miller’s key clients include Apple, Anheuser-Busch, Dow, General Electric, the Wall Street giant Blackstone, Occidental Petroleum, the drugmaker trade group PhRMA, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Miller’s fingerprints are evident in McCarthy’s position on bills relevant to multiple of these clients, but Miller’s influence is most apparent in his lobbying efforts on behalf of Big Tech, leading Republicans to refer to him as “the campaign manager for Kevin McCarthy’s race for speaker.”
Despite this criticism, Miller’s influence is only growing. According to the New York Times, he has signed six new clients since the month before the midterms and has hired three new employees — including McCarthy’s political director. And he continues to cozy up to McCarthy himself; this week, Miller will host a fundraising dinner to honor the new Speaker, with ticket prices starting at $50,000 and proceeds funneling into McCarthy’s political operation.
Accountable.US recently launched Monitoring Influence to expose the many groups and personalities working to gain access to our politicians and undermine our democracy.