As if U.S.-based Lobbying Influence Wasn’t Enough (Updated)

we now have:

In 2008, Bermuda’s influential reinsurance industry needed some help. Successive seasons of monster hurricanes in the United States, where much of its client base is, had cost these insurers of insurance companies $22 billion in losses. Eager to avoid a repeat — and unable to change the weather — the companies and Bermuda’s government turned to something they could influence: The U.S. Congress.

At the behest of his government’s lobbyist, Premier Ewart Brown of Bermuda met in June with key congressmen, among them the powerful House Ways and Means chairman, Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and two Democrats from states in hurricane alley, G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi.

The sessions, Brown boasted later in Bermuda’s Royal Gazette, were part of a “very successful trip” that included “meetings with people who were not even on the schedule.”

In fact, the success was almost immediate.

Keep reading the article from ProPublica and the Sunlight Foundation.

UPDATE:

Lobbyist on the list comes as a surprises (to me, at least!)

Typical attire: sandals and maroon-saffron robe. Typical day: wake at 3:30 a.m., prayer and meditation. Typical message: peace, nonviolence and independence for his spiritual homeland, Tibet.

If you guessed the Dalai Lama, you’re right. But did you know he has a lobbyist, too?

Keep reading the Update >>

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