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AP: Giuliani Firm Lobbied for Clients (CONFLICT: 1000's of unnamed clients want policy changes)
NY POST ^ | May 15, 2007 | SHARON THEIMER and DEVLIN BARRETT 2007 AP. All rights reserved.

Posted on 05/15/2007 5:50:15 AM PDT by Liz

Energy companies, FBI agents, a media tycoon and even a candlemaker: Rudy Giuliani's firm has lobbied for them all and dozens more in Washington, opening the door to a wide range of potential conflicts of interest should he become president.

If Giuliani were elected, his administration would be on the receiving end of regulatory requests, contract bids and policy proposals by the same clients of his Houston firm, Bracewell & Giuliani, that have contributed toward his personal net worth of millions of dollars.

Although he has so far declined to identify all the companies with which Bracewell and his other firms have done business over the past five years, AP identified more than 175 as part of an expansive review of lobbying records, court filings and securities reports. Giuliani's law and lobbying clients have included Saudi Arabia, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., and chewing tobacco maker UST Inc.

Traditional procedures for government officials to prevent ethical conflicts - expressly avoiding issues directly involving their former employer - would be unavailable for a commander in chief. It is unheard of for a president to promise to avoid a particular policy issue. Bracewell & Giuliani alone has thousands of clients but will name only a few dozen. Since Giuliani became a partner in spring 2005, it has reported lobbying on various issues the White House, the vice president's office, Congress and every Cabinet agency except the Department of Veterans Affairs, the AP review found........

Giuliani's corporate ties may dog him as Vice President Dick Cheney's past as chief executive of Halliburton Co., has followed him........Democrats accuse the Bush administration of playing favorites by awarding more than $19 billion in contracts to Halliburton's KBR unit for work in Iraq and Afghanistan.

© 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

(Excerpt) Read more at breakingnews.nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: apexpose; bracewellgiuliani; giuliani; giulianipartners; liberalgiuliani; liberalrudy; lizhanover; rinogiuliani; rinorudy
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AP VIDEO Rudy's Corporate Ties Under Campaign Microscope

On the Net: Giuliani Partners: http://www.giulianipartners.com/

Bracewell & Giuliani: http://www.bracewellgiuliani.com

COMMENTS The Washington Post reported that Giuliani Capital Advisors "was sold for an undisclosed amount as Giuliani was preparing his run for president." The Post article also discloses that Giuliani’s secretive lobbying firm, Giuliani Partners, has made more than $100 million over the last five years and that its clients "are required to sign confidentiality agreements, so they do not comment about the work they receive or how much they are paying for it. Though now running for president, Giuliani refuses to identify his clients, disclose his compensation or reveal any details about Giuliani Partners. He also declined to be interviewed about the firm." The paper provided some details, based "on a review of corporate, government and court records, along with scores of interviews with clients and government officials who have interacted with Giuliani Partners."

RESPONSE More accurately, Giuliani is selling one of the several businesses he is involved in, revolving around investment banking, global security, and international legal representation. Giuliani companies (that we know of) include:


(1) Giuliani Capital Advisors, LLC (AKA Giuliani Partners LLC),
(2) Giuliani Group,
(3) Giuliani-Kerik (re-named Giuliani Security and Safety, after the departure of the tainted ex-Police Commissioner),
(4) Giuliani-Van Essen, and,
(5) Bracewell & Giuliani LLP law firm (based in Texas with global interests).
(6) Giuliani Security & Safety Asia


Attorneys Bracewell & Giuliani's January Closings in Kazakhstan Total US $1.625 Billion
lawfuel.com | February 22, 2007

FR Posted on 02/26/2007 by Jim Robinson
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1791780/posts

ALMATY, Kazakhstan-- LAWFUEL - Law News, US Law Firms --Bracewell & Giuliani LLP closed three cases in January for a total of US $1.625 billion, acting as international counsel for the offering of corporate debt and solidifying their place as the premier legal authority on Kazakhstani business affairs in the Caspian region. “We continue to thrive and grow in Kazakhstan, mirroring the country itself,” said Greg Vojack, managing partner for the firm's offices in Kazakhstan. “As Kazakhstan transitions into a prosperous free marketplace after the fall of Soviet Russia, its fine-tuned monetary policies are helping the country’s financial sectors grow faster than New York.” ~snip~

Established in 1994, Bracewell's presence in the Republic of Kazakhstan has helped clients capture significant opportunities in the Caspian Region. The firm's energy and finance attorneys provided groundbreaking guidance to create the legal and financial infrastructure in that emerging nation and today actively advise energy and financial companies in the region and the government of Kazakhstan. ~snip~

MORE BACKGROUND Giuliani firm has Venezuela ties
MiamiHerald.com | Thu, Mar. 15, 2007 | BETH REINHARD
Posted on 03/15/2007 3:26:41 AM PDT by Condor 63
The law firm headlined by presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani does business with a company tied to Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez, who has called President Bush ``the devil.'' Bracewell & Giuliani lobbies on behalf of Texas-based Citgo Petroleum, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Venezuelan oil company controlled by Chávez. The Bush administration said last year that Venezuela was ''not cooperating fully'' with antiterrorism efforts, stopping one step short of grouping the country with state sponsors of terrorism like Iran, Syria and Cuba. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor best known for his leadership after the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks, does not personally lobby for Citgo, though he is a senior partner at the firm and shares in its profits. (Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com ...

FYI: About Bracewell & Giuliani
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is among the nation's most prominent law firms. With 400 lawyers in New York, Texas, Washington, D.C., Kazakhstan and London, we are distinctively positioned to serve clients concentrated in the energy and financial services sectors worldwide. In 2005, former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani joined the firm as a senior partner. His international reputation for leadership and problem solving is a unique asset for our clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, major financial institutions, leading private investment funds, governmental entities and individuals. For more information about Bracewell & Giuliani, visit www.bgllp.com. (Excerpt) Read more at inform.kz ...

1 posted on 05/15/2007 5:50:18 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz
These Giuliani companies are just a legal siphon to draw in the payoffs from the NWO/globalist/corporatist/NAFTA/CAFTA elements who want to elect the leftwing mayor.

They must all be sold now and their operations/clients hidden to avoid tipping off the public to the RINO agenda of these Rockefeller Republicans.
2 posted on 05/15/2007 6:01:36 AM PDT by George W. Bush (Election Math For Dummies: GOP Rudi = Hillary)
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To: Liz
Sheesh what a bunch of scum bag clients.

You'd think by the laws of chance he'd have at least one reputable client -- say a Mafia Hit Man.

(Rudy, how do I hate thee, let me count the ways; 1, 2, 58, 27,000, 100100)

3 posted on 05/15/2007 6:06:22 AM PDT by Condor51 (Rudy makes John Kerry look like a Right Wing 'Gun Nut' Extremist)
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To: George W. Bush

Boy, some people swallow anything!
All these articles REALLY prove is
just how desperate Hillay’s crowd
is getting re Guiliani’s lead!
Even the Talking Heads agree HE
is the only candidate who can beat
her.


4 posted on 05/15/2007 6:08:19 AM PDT by Grendel9
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To: Grendel9
Even the Talking Heads agree HE is the only candidate who can beat her.

Every single election cycle they pronounce the Dems the winners to be and the Republicans due for a trouncing.

They media desperately wants Rudy to be the nominee because he is so thoroughly flawed. They have mountains and mountains of sleazy pictures, videos, affidavits, shady business dealings, etc on Rudy to spring should he be the nominee.


5 posted on 05/15/2007 6:15:20 AM PDT by elizabetty (Perpetual Candidate using campaign donations for your salary - Its a good gig if you can get it.)
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To: Liz

Thanks for the post Liz, very informative. BTTT


6 posted on 05/15/2007 6:22:49 AM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: antisocial

You’re very welcome.


7 posted on 05/15/2007 6:26:41 AM PDT by Liz (Rudy Giuliani: Guinness World Record for Having The Most Positions on Abortion.)
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To: Grendel9
FR was once the home of conservatives who knew that the polls were deliberately manipulated by libmedia to produce the most liberal candidates and elect them.

After a while, I think we'll get back to basics. We've already made considerable progress in that direction.

Soon, the leftwing mayor will be revealed as the tool he really is. No doubt, the libmedia will cling, weeping, to the corpse much as they did with their other Lefty candidates like Gore and Kerry. It will do them no good. We exist here at FR to re-enact that tragic little scene as often as possible.
8 posted on 05/15/2007 6:38:31 AM PDT by George W. Bush (Election Math For Dummies: GOP Rudi = Hillary)
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To: George W. Bush; TommyDale; indylindy; Condor51; Ultra Sonic 007; Just mythoughts; calcowgirl; ...
These Giuliani companies are just a legal siphon to draw in payoffs from the NWO/globalist/corporatist/NAFTA/CAFTA elements who want to elect the leftwing mayor......... Soon, the leftwing mayor will be revealed as the tool he really is.....the libmedia will cling, weeping, to his corpse much as they did with their other Lefty candidates like Gore and Kerry. It will do them no good. We exist here at FR to re-enact that tragic little scene as often as possible.

As FReeper GWB concluded: Giuliani is selling off, and keeping his operations/clients hidden, to avoid tipping off the voting public to the RINO agenda of these Rockefeller Republicans.

9 posted on 05/15/2007 6:47:56 AM PDT by Liz (Rudy Giuliani: Guinness World Record for Having The Most Positions on Abortion.)
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To: Grendel9
**** All these articles REALLY prove is just how desperate Hillay’s (sic) crowd is getting re Guiliani’s lead! Even the Talking Heads agree HE is the only candidate who can beat her. *****

Hillary's Crowd? Yeah, right.

Everyone who loathes that gun grabbing, pro abortion, pro gay agenda, authoritarian, leftist, control freak, autocrat - who just happens to have a bad case of God Complex too boot - is in Hillary's pocket.

But yes Rooty does like to 'lead' ......

One, Two - KICK - Turn,
One, Two - KICK - Turn,
One, Two - KICK - Turn,

C'mon Girls, You're Out Of Step!

10 posted on 05/15/2007 7:15:34 AM PDT by Condor51 (Rudy makes John Kerry look like a Right Wing 'Gun Nut' Extremist)
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To: Grendel9

Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhh shuddup.


11 posted on 05/15/2007 7:28:27 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Liz
As FReeper GWB concluded: Giuliani is selling off, and keeping his operations/clients hidden, to avoid tipping off the voting public to the RINO agenda of these Rockefeller Republicans.

IMO it's a mistake to go down this road. Fred was a big bucks corporate lobbyist for a lot longer than Rudy. Corporations tend to have what is considered a RINO agenda.

It's probably inevitable that the MSM will try to make a big issue of his representation of some banking group on a bill that is blamed for the savings & loan debacle.

It's silly to attack politicans for who their clients were when they were private citizens. Lawyers represent people. In their line of work, everyone is entitled to representation. You may disagree, but won't find a lawyer who doesn't think that way.

12 posted on 05/15/2007 8:54:24 AM PDT by freespirited
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To: Liz
As FReeper GWB concluded: Giuliani is selling off, and keeping his operations/clients hidden, to avoid tipping off the voting public to the RINO agenda of these Rockefeller Republicans.

IMO it's a mistake to go down this road. Fred was a big bucks corporate lobbyist for a lot longer than Rudy. Corporations tend to have what is considered a RINO agenda.

It's probably inevitable that the MSM will try to make a big issue of his representation of some banking group on a bill that is blamed for the savings & loan debacle.

It's silly to attack politicans for who their clients were when they were private citizens. Lawyers represent people. In their line of work, everyone is entitled to representation. You may disagree, but won't find a lawyer who doesn't think that way.

13 posted on 05/15/2007 8:55:47 AM PDT by freespirited
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To: Liz
A group of Mexican businessmen paid Giuliani Partners $4.3 million to fight rampant crime in Mexico City.

According to The Economist leftist Obrador and Mexico City hired Giuliani Partners, but the "businessmen" did stump for Giuliani:

Can Rudolph Giuliani make Mexico city safer?

THEY are not obvious political soulmates. So perhaps it is a sign of the gravity of Mexico city's crime epidemic that Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, its populist left-wing mayor, has turned to Rudolph Giuliani. Last week, Mr Lopez (or AMLO as he is known) announced that he is hiring the Giuliani group, the consultancy formed by the former New York mayor, to advise on cutting crime.

AMLO is not giving up any of his budget for this unlikely venture. A group of businessmen is stumping up Mr Giuliani's fee of $4.2m a year. Nor is it clear how well the two men will get on. Mr Giuliani has been hired because of his success in reducing New York's crime rate, partly through his policy of "zero tolerance". Whether that could work in Mexico city is unclear. So is whether a left-wing mayor would relish the inevitable charges of human-rights abuses.

[Source: "The very odd couple; Crime in Mexico.(Mexico's unlikely new police chief)(Giuliani Group hired to cut crime in Mexico City)." The Economist (US). Oct 19, 2002]


14 posted on 05/15/2007 10:29:10 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: Liz
Hmmm... According to the Washington Post, it was a "Mexican civic organization" that paid the bill. So, who really paid Rudy for the publicity stunt to bolster his resume? When all was said and done, it looked to prove that Giuliani has no clue of how things work outside NYC.
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In 2002, Giuliani Partners landed a $4.3 million contract from a Mexican civic organization to advise authorities in Mexico City on how to tackle the city's vexing crime problems. Giuliani touted the deal during a splashy nighttime tour through the city's most dangerous neighborhoods, and his firm delivered a 146-point plan that the city's public security secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, trumpeted as an antidote to the city's entrenched crime.

Ebrard, now the city's mayor, said in a recent local television interview that many recommendations were implemented; the city put panic buttons on public buses and put surveillance cameras in high- crime areas. But other prominent figures disagreed. Jorge Castaneda, former foreign minister of Mexico, called the contract a "$4 million publicity stunt." Jorge Montano, former Mexican ambassador to the United States, said the "people who paid Mr. Giuliani and his associates really made a great mistake. With all honesty, nothing that they suggested was successful."

The problem, Montano said, was that Giuliani expected ideas that worked in New York to work elsewhere. "His recommendations were not based on the Mexican reality," Montano said.


15 posted on 05/15/2007 10:40:36 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: calcowgirl; indylindy; pissant; TommyDale; Ultra Sonic 007; Reagan Man; George W. Bush; ...
A group of Mexican businessmen paid Giuliani Partners $4.3 million to fight rampant crime in Mexico City.

FR POSTED 3/31/07 By pissant

In Mexico City, Few Cheers for Giuliani NY Sun | April 11, 2005 | Daniella Gersom

MEXICO CITY - When this crime-ridden capital city announced it was bringing in Mayor Giuliani and his private consulting firm to advise its police, it was big news not only in New York and Mexico but all over the world. "Giuliani to the rescue" was the headline in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Followed by legions of cameras, Mr. Giuliani spent a day-and-a-half in January 2003 touring Mexico City's danger and tourist zones, protected by a motorcade of a dozen bulletproof sport utility vehicles, 400 officers, and a helicopter. "He was mobbed and cheered and was a tremendous hero," Michael Hess, a top Giuliani aide, told The New York Sun.

Two years later, the cheering has stopped. In January 2005, Mexico City's new police chief, Joel Ortega, told local reporters, "I am no fan of Giuliani."

Far from the 67% drop in homicides achieved during Mr. Giuliani's mayoralty in New York, which was touted in a Giuliani Partners press release announcing its Mexico City contract, the homicide rate in Mexico's capital slipped less than 1% in 2004.

Kidnappings in which the victim is driven from ATM to ATM to withdraw money are on the rise, with some security firms saying Mexico is now rivaling Colombia as kidnapping capital of the world. (Excerpt) Read more at nysun.com ...

16 posted on 05/15/2007 10:49:43 AM PDT by Liz (Rudy Giuliani: Guinness World Record for Having The Most Positions on Abortion.)
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To: Liz

Did Rudy fail to confiscate the guns? LOL!


17 posted on 05/15/2007 10:55:53 AM PDT by TommyDale (More Americans are killed each day in the U.S. by abortion than were killed on 9/11 !)
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To: Liz

Good job!!


18 posted on 05/15/2007 11:00:30 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: Liz

Another raging Rudy success story. LOL


19 posted on 05/15/2007 11:24:51 AM PDT by pissant
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To: TommyDale

Oopth-—forget about that.


20 posted on 05/15/2007 11:26:36 AM PDT by Liz (Rudy Giuliani: Guinness World Record for Having The Most Positions on Abortion.)
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