Eleanor Acheson, Lobbyist?
Update: Stacy and I have been talking on the phone. The real question here, given that Amtrak loses so much money is, are employees being compensated as "lobbyists" when they go to a city, as in the case below, to represent Amtrak? And is that compensation over and above their salaries? And if so, why? Wouldn't lobbying a city for Amtrak be part of their job? Is it a pro-rated compensation based upon their salaries? Or is it another rat hole to throw money down and give Amtrak execs perks? According to the"details" box at link below, Acheson was compensated over 4k for lobbying NYC in one year. Additional compensation in another year.
Update: Stacy's latest on the Amtrak and the Walpin story in the Am Spec.
In working different angles of the AMTRAK story after Stacy McCain's item on Eleanor Acheson's role with AMTRAK, I happened across a curious page.
The answer is that she's the Amtrak vice president and legal counsel whose name is relevant to last week's unexpected retirement of Amtrak inspector general Fred Wiederhold.
According to an official looking page, Eleanor Acheson was, or is a paid lobbyist for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. (NRPC) = (Amtrak) She's listed from 2007 to the current calender year. Maybe I'm missing something, or there's another explanation for this, but why would a lobbyist be Amtrak's VP and legal counsel?
You would think someone wouldn't be a lobbyist and a VP for Amtrak at the same time, wouldn't you? See Stacy's link for more. Is it something else, and just a confusing page? Seemed strange the way it makes it appear.
Update: A "radical"?
“A more radicalized gay movement will make more progress,” Foreman said. “I don’t think accommodation gets you anywhere. But you need different kinds of organizations… Aggressive activism is not incompatible with behind-the-scenes lobbying. In fact, they’re complementary,” Foreman said.
According to Foreman, about 75 percent of Americans support non-discrimination legislation for gays, and even 77 percent of Christian evangelicals support safe schools laws. But only 17 states have non-discrimination laws, just seven of those include transgenders, and less than 10 specifically protect gay and lesbian kids from violence in their schools. And the federal government gives no protections whatsoever.
Now the NGLTF has expanded its operation in Washington, adding approximately eight new staff members, including long-time Washington hand Eleanor Acheson, who is the granddaughter of former Secretary of State Dean Acheson and was an Assistant Attorney General under Janet Reno. They have been charged with the NGLTF’s agenda of securing federal protections for gays in employment, anti-violence legislation for LGBT youth in schools, and securing set asides to combat violence and substance abuse.