Evan Bayh Missed 75% Of His Armed Services Committee Hearings
WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Evan Bayh appears to have spent little time in Senate Armed Services Committee hearings while he was a member between 2003 and his departure from the Senate in 2011, missing more than three-quarters of the influential panel’s meetings, according to Senate records and a copy of his daily schedule obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Bayh, who is once again running for the Senate after a five-year hiatus in the private sector, is considered one of the keys to Democrats’ hopes of retaking the Senate this year. Although initially seen as a likely pickup, his campaign in recent weeks has been dogged by questions about his seriousness after leaked copies of his schedule as a senator appear to show he spent more time fundraising, traveling at taxpayer expense and potentially job hunting than being focused on his job in the Senate.
It wasn’t always supposed to be like this for Bayh, whose father Birch was a popular politician in Indiana, and who came into the Senate as a moderate, business friendly Democrat.
When Bayh took his seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2003, it seemed like the perfect move for a young, handsome first time senator with much higher ambitions.
Already ensconced on the Banking Committee, from which even an average politician could build a massive campaign finance war chest, a seat at the Armed Services table could give a young senator the sort of foreign policy gravitas he’d need to mount a presidential campaign in wartime America. The Bush administration, already at war in Afghanistan, was beating the war drums against Saddam Hussein and Iraq, and the committee was at the heart of the nation’s debate over the nascent war against terrorism.
But the ambitious senator rarely showed up to hearings of the committee, particularly in the run up to the March 20, 2003, invasion of Iraq. According to attendance data on the committee’s website, Bayh only attended five of the 24 hearings Armed Services held between Jan. 1, 2003, and April 9, 2003, the day Hussein’s statue was toppled in Baghdad. Overall, throughout his career on the committee, the Indiana Democrat would miss roughly 76% of hearings.
In fact, on the morning of the invasion, the committee held a hearing on that year’s defense authorization bill, a critical piece of legislation that laid out defense spending priorities for fiscal year. But while Bayh would miss the 9:45 a.m. hearing — where then Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham would testify about his department’s atomic energy defense activities — he did make it to an “informal breakfast” held by the Investment Company Institute earlier that morning.
That evening, as the first steps of the invasion of Iraq were raging, Bayh attended a reception — which a Republican charged was a fundraiser — at the home of Jamie Gorelick, who at the time was vice chair of Fannie Mae. The next day, following a members briefing on the war, Bayh and his wife would head out of DC to Vail, Colorado for three days, where he would attend fundraisers and a charity event.
Report: Bayh may have violated ethics rules with job hunting in Senate
A significant portion of former Sen. Evan Bayh’s (D-Ind.) last year in office was spent hunting for jobs, potentially in violation of the chamber’s ethics rules, according to The Associated Press.
Bayh unexpectedly announced that he will run for Senate again in July, and is currently within a percentage point of his Republican opponent Todd Young.
A private schedule obtained by AP shows that Bayh’s job hunt began immediately following his surprise announcement of retirement from the Senate on Feb. 15, 2010.
In the subsequent months, Bayh made numerous phone calls and attended a number of meetings with head hunters and potential employers.
During his job search, he was still voting on legislation that impacted businesses in various industries, according to AP.
Associated Press Investigation into Evan Bayh’s Final Senate Year
WASHINGTON (AP) — Evan Bayh spent substantial time during his last year in the Senate searching for a private sector job even as he voted on issues of interest to his future corporate bosses, according to the former Indiana lawmaker’s 2010 schedule, obtained exclusively by The Associated Press.
The Democrat had more than four dozen meetings and phone calls with headhunters and future corporate employers over the months, beginning days after announcing his surprise retirement from the Senate on Feb. 15, 2010, through December of that year as his term came to an end. Bayh is now running to get his old seat back and help his party regain Senate control.
Announcing his retirement, Bayh claimed he was fed up with the gridlock and that it was time for him to “contribute to society in another way.” His announcement stunned party bosses; Democrats lost his Senate seat in the midterm elections later that year.
Two days after that announcement, on Feb. 17, Bayh was on the phone with a job headhunter, Jim Citrin of the Spencer Stuart firm.
Politico: Evan Bayh’s shadow lobbying
By MAGGIE SEVERNS and ISAAC ARNSDORF
Evan Bayh has pushed back hard against Republican attacks on his post-Senate career as he attempts a comeback in Indiana. “My opponent is attacking me as a lobbyist,” Bayh says in a recent campaign ad. “That’s just a lie.”
The truth is more complicated: Because of loopholes in public-disclosure laws, former senators like Bayh can use their influence routinely on behalf of high-paying clients and never have to use the word lobbyist.
Indeed, Bayh never registered as a lobbyist while working in Washington between leaving the Senate in 2011 and trying to come back in 2016.
But he did carve out a lucrative niche in public advocacy, speaking and corporate board positions that allowed him to wield influence as a former lawmaker with decades of policy experience. Bayh sought to sway public policy to favor clients of McGuireWoods, the law and lobbying firm where he has worked since 2011, as well as other groups he affiliated with while out of office.
A few months before announcing his comeback Senate bid, Bayh flew to Connecticut, in his capacity as co-chairman of a nuclear industry group, to press officials there on issues affecting a power company that retains McGuireWoods. Years earlier, Bayh leveraged his well-known name in a public campaign against the medical device tax in Obamacare, soon after his firm took on a device manufacturer as a client. In another role, according to a source, he advised colleagues on how to message issues to members of Congress. And Bayh served as an adviser to advocacy groups that spent millions on ads opposing the Iran nuclear deal, a contentious issue that divided Democrats and has sparked campaign attacks on some of Bayh’s would-be Senate colleagues this year.
Only people who spend at least 20 percent of their time lobbying for a client and contact at least two government officials have to register under federal law. The ease with which former lawmakers, including 80 of the 352 people who left Congress alive since January 2008, can duck that threshold is often called the “Daschle loophole,” after the former Democratic Senate majority leader who advised clients for a decade before registering as a lobbyist this year.
Bayh’s term out of the Senate has come under scrutiny from Republicans opposing him, but there are few records showing anything more than what he was paid for various corporate board positions.
Though Bayh does not have to publicly disclose the clients he has worked with at McGuireWoods, there are links between his public pronouncements and companies that work with the firm.
Evan Bayh: He’s With Her Not With Us
Bayh voted with Clinton 85% of the time while they were in the Senate together (CQ vote comparison report)
- Bayh and Clinton both voted for amendment 1222 to H.R. 2360, which would prohibit Federal employees who disclose classified information from receiving a security clearance in the future. (Roll Call Vote 188)
- On Fox News Sunday, Evan Bayh bet his fellow panelists a “steak dinner” that Hillary’s server wouldn’t be an issue in the upcoming election. (Evan Bayh, Fox News Sunday, 3/29/15)
Bayh’s Foundation donated $4,000 to the Clinton Foundation
- Donated $2,000 in FY2013
- Donated $2,000 in FY2014
Bayh angled for Hillary Clinton’s VP slot in ’08 and ‘16
- “Indiana Senator Evan Bayh Monday officially endorsed Clinton in her bid for the Presidency in 2008, and many analysts believe Bayh is angling for the second spot on the ticket.”
- Prior to entering the U.S. Senate race long after the primary was completed, Bayh “seemed to be angling or at least gauging whether he would be picked as Hillary Clinton’s running mate.”
Bayh is a ‘Hillblazer’ for Clinton’s Presidential campaign
- Bayh has promised to raise $100,000 for Hillary Clinton’s campaign accounts.
- “Bayh, a longtime friend of the Clintons, coordination last year an Indiana fundraising finance committee for Hillary Clinton.” (IndyStar, 3/1/16)
As recently as April 2016, Evan Bayh was campaigning for Hillary Clinton
- “The former Hoosier governor and U.S. Senator conducted a conference call Thursday to laud Clinton’s proposals for boosting American manufacturing. Bayh said he will return to Indiana from his Washington-area home in coming weeks to stump for Clinton.” (Journal Gazette, 4/15/16)
Bayh Left Us, To Work For Them
When Indiana Families Needed A Senator Most, Bayh Left Hoosiers To Make Millions In Washington D.C.
After the economy crashed, Indiana families were struggling.
“Most Indiana counties still not fully recovered from recession” (IndyStar, 1/18/16)
We turned to Senator Evan Bayh to protect us from the Washington insiders and Wall Street bankers who got us into that mess.
“During his final months in the U.S. Senate, Evan Bayh broke ranks with most of his fellow Democrats several times to oppose or reduce the impact of legislative proposals that threatened the bottom lines of private equity firms, banks and oil companies.” (Indy Star, 8/15/16)
But instead of going to work for us, Evan Bayh went to work for them.
“He’s being paid by both McGuire Woods and Apollo Global Management to act as a corroding agent on their behalf.” (Washington Post, 3/15/11)
Making millions as a big money influence peddler in DC.
“A Democratic corporate lobbyist is jumping into a Senate race…” (Huffington Post, 7/11/16)
“Evan Bayh Has Made Millions Off Corporate Boards Since Leaving The Senate” (Huffington Post, 8/9/16)
“Just three weeks after leaving office in 2011, Bayh changed his address to his $2.3 million home in a leafy neighborhood in Washington, according to Indiana records.” (CNN, 8/21/16)
And cashed in with the big banks.
“Within weeks of leaving public office, Bayh became a senior adviser to Apollo Global Management, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Several months later, he landed lucrative corporate board appointments at Fifth Third Bank…” (Indy Star, 8/15/16)
When we needed a Senator the most, Evan Bayh left us to work for them.
Records contradict Bayh’s assertion over staying in Indiana
Evan Bayh pushed back at an interviewer last month when he was asked if he would move back to Indiana now that he is running to win back his old Senate seat.
“I’ve never left,” he told WISH-TV.
It turns out he did.
A CNN review of public records since Bayh left office in 2011 shows the Democrat repeatedly listed his two multi-million dollar homes in Washington as his main places of residence — not the $53,000 condo he owns in Indianapolis.
Just three weeks after leaving office in 2011, Bayh changed his address to his $2.3 million home in a leafy neighborhood in Washington, according to Indiana records. And often when Bayh registered his address — whether it was on an Alaska fishing license, a donation to Hillary Clinton or on the deed to his beachfront property in Southern Florida — he listed Washington as his home.
Even when Bayh returned back to Indianapolis last summer for an Indiana Democratic Party dinner, he stayed at a JW Marriott just 12 miles away from his condo. A source with Indianapolis Power and Light said Bayh’s monthly electric bills averaged less than $20 per month since 2012, suggesting little — if any — use at his Indiana condo.
Bayh announces Senate bid, puts Indiana seat in play
And when he hit the speaking circuit after his post-senatorial life, his firm noted that he travels “from D.C.”
The revelations could add fodder to the GOP argument that the Democrats’ star recruit of the 2016 Senate class abandoned his home state to enjoy the luxuries of Washington. That’s reminiscent of how veteran Republican Sen. Dick Lugar was ousted in 2012 after he was lashed for living in the Washington suburbs rather than owning a home in Indiana.
“The only time he ever shows up in Indiana is when he wants something from us,” said Trevor Foughty, campaign manager for Bayh’s GOP rival, Rep. Todd Young. “And he’s so unbelievably arrogant, he actually thinks Hoosiers don’t notice.”
Bayh declined to be interviewed, and his campaign did not respond directly to questions about how often he stayed at his Indiana residence after leaving the Senate. But a spokesman with the former senator pushed back against accusations that he’s abandoned his state, calling them a “cover up” initiated by Young.
“Evan Bayh is a fifth-generation Hoosier and has a record of distinction as Indiana’s senator and governor,” said Bayh spokesman Ben Ray. “Evan lives in Indiana and pays his taxes in Indiana, unlike Congressman Young, who has fraudulently taken hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax deductions for a home he didn’t live in in Indiana. Hoosiers know and trust Evan Bayh and will not fall for this cover up by his opponent.”
Bayh’s office was referring to a controversy when Young in 2012 improperly claimed a tax deduction after erroneously claiming he was living in a house in Bloomington, Indiana, saving himself roughly $5,000. After CNN raised questions on the matter, Young paid back taxes and apologized for what he called “embarrassing oversights.”
Despite his liabilities, Bayh’s late entrance gives Democrats a serious shot at winning in the reliably red state, improving their already strong chances of taking back the Senate, where the GOP now holds a 54-46 majority.
Bayh’s decision to run even surprised Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had worked behind the scenes to help Young win his nomination fight over a tea party-aligned foe.
“It has an impact,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN when asked about Bayh. “He’s a well-known, well-funded individual. We have a great candidate. Indiana’s a red state, and we intend to beat Evan Bayh.”
Democratic leaders, led by New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, lobbied Bayh hard to jump into the race for months. And with Democrats hoping for a wave election spawned by Donald Trump’s unpopularity, Bayh ultimately decided to pull the trigger last month, prompting the party’s candidate, Baron Hill, to drop out of the race and clear the way for the former senator.
Bayh Voted To ‘Unleash A Flood Of Outsourcing’
Washington Lobbyist Evan Bayh Worked To Make Outsourcing Easier Then Pocketed Campaign Cash From Carrier
Bayh Pocketed Carrier Campaign Cash
“Carrier Corp.’s decision to shutter its manufacturing operation on Indianapolis’ west side will… wipe out more than 2,700 jobs across Indiana and cost the state’s economy…” (Indianapolis Star, 6/17/16)
Evan Bayh Has Taken $9,000 From The United Technologies PAC. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 8/10/16)
In The 2004 Cycle, Bayh Received $8,000 From The United Technologies Political Action Committee. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 8/10/16)
In The 1998 Cycle, Bayh Received $1,000 From The United Technologies Political Action Committee. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 8/10/16)
Bayh Voted To ‘Unleash A Flood Of Outsourcing’
“The 2000 vote effectively unleashed a flood of outsourcing to China…” (Washington Post, 3/21/16)
In September 2000, Bayh Voted For A Bill To Make Normal Trade Relations With China Permanent. “Passage of the bill that would make normal trade relations with the People’s Republic of China permanent. The bill contains a measure that would protect U.S. businesses and workers from Chinese import surges. The bill includes a provision that would establish a commission to monitor human rights, labor standards and religious freedom in China. The administration would have to report annually on China’s compliance with trade agreements and express the sense of Congress that Taiwan should be admitted to the World Trade Organization. The measure would authorize $99 million for Radio Free Asia and the Voice of America to expand broadcasts to China and neighboring countries.” (H.R. 4444, CQ Vote #251: Passed (thus cleared for the president) 83-15: R 46-8; D 37-7, 9/19/00, Bayh Voted Yea)
In 2000, Bayh Said “I Support Integrating China Into The World Economy. … I Am Convinced That In The Long Term, It’s What Is Right For America’s Economy.” Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., said Thursday he will vote for permanent normal trade relations with China. ‘I support integrating China into the world economy,’ he said. ‘I am convinced that in the long term, it’s what is right for America’s economy.’” (Jeremy Schoolfield, “Bayh Will Support China Trade Bill,” The Journal Gazette, 6/9/00)
Evan Bayh Has Made Millions Off Corporate Boards Since Leaving The Senate
When Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh, who is running for his old Senate seat, left Congress in 2011, he cited dysfunction, gridlock and the outsize influence of “entrenched” special interests on lawmakers. He even floated returning to Indiana to teach, telling Ezra Klein he felt he could “make a bigger difference in a different capacity.”
He did find a different capacity, though it’s not clear he made much difference. Since leaving Capitol Hill, Bayh has cultivated a very lucrative second career in serving on corporate boards, earning nearly $4 million over the last five years.
Since 2011, Bayh has served on the board of directors at five corporations: McGraw Hill Education, Marathon Petroleum, Berry Plastics Group, Fifth Third Bancorp and RLJ Lodging Trust. According to SEC filings from four of these companies, Bayh pocketed the following amounts in cash and stock awards from 2011 through 2015:
· $1.35 million from Marathon Petroleum
· $944,937 from Fifth Third Bancorp
· $827,203 from RLJ Lodging Trust
· $645,152 from Berry Plastics Group
In total, he earned $3,768,292 over the last five years from these posts. (Bayh’s earnings from McGraw Hill are not publicly available and thus not included in this figure. Some of his board work shows up in The Huffington Post’s 2013 project Pay Pals, which linked CEO pay and director compensation.)
The former senator’s income since leaving Congress is ultimately much higher than these filings indicate ― in 2011, he also joined private equity firm Apollo Global Management as a senior adviser and K Street firm McGuireWoods as a strategic advisor.
Read more at The Huffington Post
Don’t Bayh it
Jonathan Allen, Roll Call
Really, Evan Bayh? Really?
Six years ago, you more or less dropped a stink bomb in the Senate chamber on your way out the door, cursing the very body that made your name — your name, not you — recognizable outside of Indiana. Your reasoning then, as you laid out in a scathing New York Times op-ed, added up to an allegation that the Senate was so inoperative, so hopelessly gridlocked, log-jammed and filibustered that it wasn’t worth the trouble. Poor you, beset by the tides you couldn’t turn.
Many good people serve in Congress. They are patriotic, hard-working and devoted to the public good as they see it, but the institutional and cultural impediments to change frustrate the intentions of these well-meaning people as rarely before,” you wrote then. The inference that you were one of those frustrated and well-meaning senators was not hard to draw.
But rather than sticking around to fix your beloved institution, or work with other senators, you just quit. Of course, at the time, in a midterm election that would see a Republican sweep, there was a pretty good chance you would lose the seat you described as so worthless. After all, you ducked out with no warning a few days after Dan Coats announced he would challenge you. It is reasonable for voters to wonder whether you just tucked tail and ran because you were afraid of losing.
But if you were to be taken at your word — a dangerous proposition, no doubt — you left because Congress couldn’t get anything done. Now, you want to come back. The party’s nominee, who was certain to lose, has bowed out to clear the way for your run. If there was another reason for Baron Hill to bounce, he didn’t say it. The last-minute switcheroo is a perversion of our electoral system, and not just because you’ve so often celebrated yourself as a political reformer.
What’s really astonishing, though, is you now want people to believe that the very reason you cited for leaving is the noble justification for why you are trying to come back.
Here’s what you said Wednesday when you announced your decision to run: “With the challenges facing Indiana and our country, I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch as partisan bickering grinds Washington to a halt.”
Can both be true: You had to quit because the Senate was so bad and now it so badly needs you to fix it? Please. You must have learned that brand of chutzpah in Washington, because they don’t make it in Indiana.
But let’s say voters can and should get past your change of heart. Maybe you’re narcissistic enough to believe that one man — you — can dynamically lead the Senate back to its glory days. And maybe they’ll agree that only a Bayh can change Washington.
If so, they got the wrong Bayh.
Your father accomplished titanic feats, claiming authorship of Title IX and two — two! — constitutional amendments. Aside from bills naming federal buildings and bestowing a congressional gold medal, you wrote just two laws in a dozen years in the Senate. It would not come as a great surprise if, given that history, you felt like the Senate was a little too hard for you a few years ago or you now feel that you didn’t get enough done.
But I don’t think that’s why you’re running. Here’s what I do think: With another Clinton presidency possible come January, there’s a chance that something resembling your brand of centrism will have a return to prominence in Washington. If you win, you get a Senate seat. If you lose, the party will be grateful for the money you spent and the time you put in. Hell, you might just land a Cabinet job — or, you can go back to the private sector secure in the knowledge that Senate Democrats will take meetings with you.
It’s a no-lose proposition, right? At least for you.
But no one in Indiana should buy what you’re saying about the comeback attempt. You’re no more noble in running for the seat than you were in running away from it. It’s not about the Senate or the country or Indiana or Hoosier families. It’s about you — and it’s about the Democratic Party that can help you once the race is over. Your whole campaign is predicated on a lie. The good news for your Republican opponent, Todd Young: He can win just by telling the truth about you.