January 9, 1991 |
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.
March 30, 1990 |
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.
January 12, 1991 |
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.
August 7, 2015 |
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.
August 8, 1993 |
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.
December 12, 1989 |
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.
October 30, 1993 |
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.
February 15, 2015 |
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.
December 3, 1987 |
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.
April 8, 1998 |
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.