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Managing Governmental Risk

In 2012, the words "dysfunctional" and "government" go hand in hand. As a result, the stakes for businesses that are regulated by, receive funding from or otherwise intersect with government at its various levels never have been higher. While the

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An Apple a Day . . .

  Great post ( on the GigaOM Apple Blog today about Apple’s lobbying efforts — or lack thereof. Like Microsoft, Google, and other heavyweight companies, Apple will have to become more active in Washington. They’ve simply become too big, and they have

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Infrastructure Alert – March 13, 2012

  Washington, D.C., continues to arm wrestle over transportation funding legislation, as the Senate and House work to move competing legislation.  Last week saw support for the House bill crumble away, even as leaders tried to work out contentious provisions

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Game Changer

President Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a bold political act, but its significance goes far beyond politics. I remarked today to a key Democratic strategists that this was a declaration of

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Managing Political Risk

On December 1st I had the opportunity to give a speech at ParenteBeard’s annual Audit Committee Forum. The speech focused on the private sector’s management of political risk at the local, state and federal levels. With the lively discussion and

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Infrastructure Bank Proposal

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Washington Post Op-Ed Response

The response to our recent op-ed in the Washington Post,, has been fantastic. We’ve had calls from a number of members of Congress and from people looking to invest in US infrastructure. The piece is resonating for a couple

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Budget Chicken

It’s hard to believe that Congress is again playing chicken over another government shutdown. Do they actually think they can keep doing this and that it’s going to do anything other than further damage public confidence? Lost in the the

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Why the Jobs Speech?

Back in July, the President’s chief political adviser inside the White House, David Plouffe, told Bloomberg, “the average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers. People won’t vote

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Howard Schweitzer Speaks at Capital Roundtable Masterclass on Dodd-Frank

On Thursday, February 10, 2011, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Principal Howard Schweitzer was a panelist at Capital Roundtable’s Masterclass, “Private Equity Investing in Regional & Community Banks — How Investors Can Thrive From the Surge in Consolidations.”  Howard spoke on

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