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January 9, 1991 | By Thomas Turcol, Inquirer Staff Writer
At Mayor Goode's request, a top lobbying firm has submitted a proposed contract to represent the city in persuading the General Assembly to help bail the city out of its financial crisis, officials of the firm said yesterday. Goode said through his spokeswoman last week that he had no plans to hire a lobbyist. Last night, Goode said he had no comment on the proposed contract. If the contract is signed, the chief lobbyist will be Ernest G. Barefield, who resigned as Goode's top deputy last year to accept a job with the lobbying firm, Wojdak Associates Inc. Some members of the City Council denounced Barefield's involvement, saying that as Goode's deputy, Barefield helped formulate the financial policies that have placed the city on the brink of default and thus is in no position to represent the city.
NEWS
March 30, 1990 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
If the lobbyist can't come to the fund-raiser, bring the fund-raiser to the lobbyist. That could be the credo of Rep. Thomas J. Murphy Jr., who, in the latest wrinkle for raising campaign cash, recently put together a "sampler of treasures" from his home district of Pittsburgh and left it on certain doorsteps. "Instead of the standard fund-raiser for the re-election of Tom Murphy, enjoy this piece of Pittsburgh," said an attached note. "So sit down, get out your checkbook and help us keep Tom Murphy in the legislature.
NEWS
January 12, 1991 | By S. A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Harrisburg lobbying firm yesterday withdrew its proposed contract to represent Philadelphia after the city Law Department determined that one of the firm's employees would be violating state ethics guidelines by lobbying for the city less than a year after leaving the Goode administration. In a letter to Goode, S.R. Wojdak & Associates said that one of their lobbyists, Ernest G. Barefield, who resigned as Goode's top deputy last year, "would not be able to appear before City Council or any of its committees or members in connection with this assignment.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lobbyist and former Deputy Mayor Herbert Vederman made his first federal court appearance Wednesday on charges that he bribed U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) with gifts of cash, tuition payments for the congressman's au pair, and $18,000 disguised as payment for a 1989 Porsche convertible. Dressed in a dark suit and tie, Vederman, 69, said nothing during the perfunctory hearing. He did not enter a plea to the charges but is expected to do so later. He declined to comment after being released on $100,000 recognizance bail.
NEWS
August 8, 1993 | By Julia Cass, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cherry E. Cooper, 37, a longtime Philadelphia Electric Co. employee who rose from the rank of clerk to become a company lobbyist and public service representative, died Wednesday in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of adult respiratory stress syndrome. Mrs. Cooper combined an energetic, can-do, no-nonsense determination with a laugh and smile that made her one of the company's best-liked and most effective representatives, according to her co-workers. Her husband, David, described her as "energetic, loving, tender" and fun to be around.
NEWS
December 12, 1989 | By Robert Zausner, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Former Senate Democratic leader Edward P. Zemprelli yesterday registered as a lobbyist with the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. There was some question Friday as to whether Zemprelli, 64, who retired Nov. 30, 1988, after 25 years in the legislature, would register as a lobbyist although he had started employment with the association. Leonard Sloane, president of the association, said that Zemprelli, because he is a lawyer, did not technically have to register as a lobbyist.
NEWS
October 30, 1993 | By Frederick Cusick and Walter F. Roche Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A former Washington lobbyist for the Pennsylvania coal industry was accused yesterday of failing to file federal income tax returns for three years. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said that Michael A. Clark, 49, a former lobbyist for the Anthracite Industry Association, failed to file tax returns for the years 1988 through 1990. During that period, Clark earned more than $459,000, according to information filed by the government. Clark could not be reached for comment yesterday, and the Washington phone for the Anthracite Industry Association had been disconnected.
NEWS
February 15, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
  In an unprecedented move, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke has hired a lobbying firm to help drive Council's agenda in Harrisburg. Triad Strategies, a statewide firm with offices in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg, received a $15,000 contract this month. The contract expires June 30. Clarke's choice to retain a lobbyist, when the city already employs two other firms that were hired through the mayor's office, underscores the divide between Council and the administration.
NEWS
December 3, 1987 | By David Willman and Aaron Epstein, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Supreme Court nominee Anthony M. Kennedy provided free legal services to a member of the California Legislature while working as a lobbyist at the state capitol here, according to the legislator. Joseph A. Gonsalves, a Democrat, said that during the time he served in the state Assembly from 1963 to 1974, Kennedy represented him in a legal matter in Southern California, the details of which he declined to discuss. He added that Kennedy lobbied him on several occasions, but he declined to say when the lobbying occurred or what the issues were.
NEWS
April 8, 1998 | By Karen Auerbach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Crunched between stagnant state aid and voter resentment over property-tax increases, 11 suburban school districts in Burlington and Camden Counties plan to hire a professional lobbyist in an effort to wring more money from the state. Superintendents of the Lenape and Eastern Regional High School Districts and nine kindergarten-eighth-grade districts, most considered middle-income by the state Department of Education, are seeking school board approval to spend $39,600 to gain access to state lawmakers.
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NEWS
August 14, 2015
CLEARLY MEGYN KELLY had an agenda way before the Republican debate began. I really don't know how she calls herself a journalist. I'm very surprised that she has a job and I have no clue how she was chosen to be one of the moderators for the most important debate in America. As Mr. Trump took the stage you could see daggers in her eyes. She was unprofessional and her questions to him sounded personal and extremely biased. Is she really worried about women's rights? If so then why is she posing in a men's magazine?
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lobbyist and former Deputy Mayor Herbert Vederman made his first federal court appearance Wednesday on charges that he bribed U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) with gifts of cash, tuition payments for the congressman's au pair, and $18,000 disguised as payment for a 1989 Porsche convertible. Dressed in a dark suit and tie, Vederman, 69, said nothing during the perfunctory hearing. He did not enter a plea to the charges but is expected to do so later. He declined to comment after being released on $100,000 recognizance bail.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A WEEK AFTER he was charged in an 85-page indictment with U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and three others, Herbert Vederman, a lobbyist and former deputy mayor, appeared in court yesterday before a federal magistrate. A short, thin man with white hair, dressed in a dark suit and wearing glasses, Vederman, 69, did not speak during his brief appearance before Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter. Upon agreement by prosecutor Eric Gibson, a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, and Vederman's attorney, Catherine Recker, Vederman, who has not been in custody, was released on a $100,000 personal-recognizance bond.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
STEVE WOJDAK never asked the impossible. He might have been one of the city's and state's most effective lobbyists, but Steve Wojdak would not have considered asking a legislator or governor or anyone else for a favor that they wouldn't want to deliver. "He had a way of putting himself in your position," said former Gov. Ed Rendell. "He would never ask for anything untenable. He knew his stuff. "You appreciate someone who understands the conflicts you have and difficulties you have in getting things done.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
Stephen R. Wojdak, 76, a former state legislator from Philadelphia who became one of the most influential lobbyists in Pennsylvania, died Tuesday in Boston. Mr. Wojdak had been vacationing on Martha's Vineyard with his family when he suffered breathing problems and was hospitalized last week, said Kevin Feeley, a family spokesman. A 1992 Philadelphia Daily News article called Mr. Wojdak the "King of Clout. " He also was known as the "51st senator" because of his widely acknowledged influence.
NEWS
April 24, 2015
THE WASHINGTON Post yesterday offered two items - one on trust in government and one on how much lobbyists spend - that just might be connected. The first item comes from a Pew Research Center study showing just 23 percent of Americans trust the federal government to do the right thing "at least most of the time. " The second item compares government spending on congressional staff to private-sector spending on lobbying Congress. The latter is greater than the former.
NEWS
February 15, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
  In an unprecedented move, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke has hired a lobbying firm to help drive Council's agenda in Harrisburg. Triad Strategies, a statewide firm with offices in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg, received a $15,000 contract this month. The contract expires June 30. Clarke's choice to retain a lobbyist, when the city already employs two other firms that were hired through the mayor's office, underscores the divide between Council and the administration.
NEWS
November 22, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A noted Philadelphia Republican lobbyist was ordered Thursday to stand trial on sexual-assault charges in a September incident involving a 27-year-old woman. Andrew J. Marsico was held for court on seven counts, including aggravated indecent assault without consent, unlawful restraint, and false imprisonment. A count of reckless endangerment was dismissed by Municipal Court Judge Roger F. Gordon at the end of the preliminary hearing. Defense attorney Fortunato N. Perri Jr. said Marsico "continues to maintain his innocence and plans to clear his good name at trial.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Greenlee Partners suspended one of its top lobbyists Monday after his weekend arrest on sexual assault charges. Police said Andrew J. Marsico, 40, is charged with indecent, simple, and aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, and related offenses in stemming from an August incident in Center City involving a 27-year-old woman. He was arrested Saturday and released after posting $100,000 bail. In a statement Monday, Greenlee, which is based in Harrisburg, said Marsico, a senior associate, had been placed on administrative leave.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
AT 7:36 P.M. on Aug. 21, Andrew "A.J. " Marsico picked up his iPhone and tweeted: "Overheard at bar 'what time are we on tonight?' 'The Eagles?' 'No, the Taney Dragons.' " At 11:06 that night, the popular lobbyist was back on Twitter, posting a nighttime photo of City Hall. It wasn't until nearly a month later that cops showed up in the middle of the night at Marsico's luxury apartment in Center City and arrested him for what they believe happened between those two tweets.
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